Chen Yan (swimmer, born 1981)

Chen Yan (simplified Chinese: 陈妍; traditional Chinese: 陳妍; pinyin: Chén Yán; born March 27, 1981 in Dalian, Liaoning) is a retired Chinese swimmer. She won Gold medal at 4×200m freestyle at 1997 FINA Short Course World Championships. Later that year at Chinese National Games, she broke world record at 400m individual medley.[1] She then won 400m individual medley and 400m freestyle at 1998 Perth World Aquatics Championships. She participated in 1996 and 2000 two Olympic Games but did not medal.[2] Not to be confused with Chen Yan (swimmer, born 1979), she has never tested positive in any drug test.

Chen Yan
Personal information
Full nameChen Yan
Nationality China
Born (1981-03-27) March 27, 1981 (age 38)
Dalian, Liaoning, China
StrokesIndividual medley

She started college in China and transferred to UH Manoa in 2002 as a sophomore. She earned her BS in 3 years, and swam on an Athlete Full Scholarship. She has recently completed a master's degree at UH and has been working in recreation management. She was the head coach for Punahou Aquatics in Honolulu, HI. [3] She resigned on May 20, 2016 and is now a real-estate broker for Aloha Properties. [4]

Personal BestsEdit

In long course

  • 400m medley: 4:34.79 World Record (October 13, 1997)
  • 400m freestyle: 4:05.00 Asian Record (October 17, 1997)
  • 800m freestyle: 8:27.94 Asian Record (October 20, 1997)


Preceded by
  Petra Schneider
Women's 400 metre individual medley
world record holder (long course)

October 13, 1997 – September 16, 2000
Succeeded by
  Yana Klochkova