Aug 282007

Tian LiangName: Tian Liang

Gender: M

Date of birth: 27/08/79

Place of birth: Chongqing

Height: 172cm

Weight: 60kg

Status: Athlete

Education: University

Hobby: Cars

Registered with: Shaanxi

Sport: Diving

Personal best: 2000 Olympic Games – 1st platform

Sports career:

1987 Diver, Chongqing Sports School

1987 Sichuan Provincial Diving Team

1990 Shaanxi Provincial Team

1993 National Team

High performances:

1994 National Championships – 1st platform

1995 FINA Grand Prix (U.S.A.) – 1st synchronized platform

1995 National Inter-city Games – 1st platform

1995 Four-Nation Tournament – 1st platform

1995 World Cup – 1st team/mixed team, synchronized platform

1996 Olympic Games – 4th platform

1997 World Cup – 1st mixed team

1997 National Games – 2nd platform

1998 National Champions Tournament – 1st platform

1998 Bangkok Asian Games – 1st platform

1999/2000 World Cup – 1st platform/synchronized platform

2000 National Champions Tournament – 1st platform/synchronized platform

2000 Olympic Games – 1st platform

2001 World Championships – 1st platform/synchronized platform

2001 National Games – 1st platform

2002 Asian Games – 1st platform

2002 National Champions Tournament – 1st platform

2002 World Cup – 1st platform/synchronized platform

2002 National Championships – 1st platform

2003 World Championships – 3rd platform

2004 FINA Grand Prix (China) – 1st platform

2004 World Cup – 1st platform/synchronized platform

2004 Olympic Games – 1st synchro. platform; 3rd platform

Also known as a “Sunny Boy”.

Tian Liang is a male Chinese former diver. In the Summer Olympics 2004, he won the bronze medal in the 10 m platform event and a gold medal in the synchronised platform event. Tian was also the previous 10 m platform Olympics champion, winning gold in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Since then, he and another gold medal winner, Guo Jingjing, often appeared at the public activities. They were better known in unison as Liang Jingjing (亮晶晶, the complex name of Tian and Guo, synonymous with the word for ‘sparkling’).

After belting his multiple Olympic medals, Tian Liang received numerous invitations to lend his name and face to corporate promotions. His resulting involvement in these activities, and perhaps other disputes with the national team, have led the national team to fire him after repeated warnings. In spite of this, however, Tian refused to cease his diving training but continued to practice with a provincial team. Not only did he maintain his diving standard, he furthermore managed to safeguard a medal at the following Chinese National Games. Although the public advocated his restoration to the national team following this event, the government did not concede. Tian has since then split his schedule between diving training and public activities. Finally on March 25, 2007, Tian announced his retirement as a diver.

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