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Jiao Liuyang

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Jiao Liuyang (born August 6, 1991 in Harbin, Heilongjiang) is a female Chinese swimmer, who took the women's 200 meters butterfly title at the 2012 London Olympics, breaking the world record set by teammate Liu Zige.

In 2012, the 21-year-old was elected as one of the 300 delegates of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and armed police for the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which convened in Beijing on Nov 8-14 that year. Jiao was the youngest delegate to the congress.

Jiao also competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and finished second in the 200 m butterfly at 2:04.72, behind her teammate Liu Zige, who won the race in 2:04.18 and broke the former world record held by Australia's Jessicah Schipper (2:05.40).

Before the Olympics, Jiao had competed at the 2007 World Swimming Championships in Melbourne, where she was 4th in the 200 m butterfly (2:07.22).

Jiao Liuyang

China's Jiao Liuyang poses with her gold medal during the women's 200m butterfly victory ceremony at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Center, Aug 1, 2012. [Photo bu Cui Meng/ chinadaily.com.cn]