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Zhang Jian

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Zhang Jian, inductee (Honour Swimmer) of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, Class of 2018
Zhang Jian

Zhang Jian is a Chinese marathon swimmer and coach from China and Dean at the Beijing Sports University in Beijing, China]]

Zhang Jian

Zhang Jian is a marathon swimmer and coach from China and sports director at the Beijing Sports University in Beijing, China. In addition to crossing the English Channel, he has successfully crossed several open bodies of water in China, a member of the 24-hour club and is the founder of the Zhang Jian Open Water Swimming Team.

Open Water Swimming Career Highlights

  • He completed the first crossing of the Qiongzhou Strait, 29.5 km (18.3 miles) in 9 hours 20 minutes in 1988
  • He completed the first crossing of Bohai Bay, 123 km (76.4 miles) from Liaoning province to Guangdong province, China in 2000 in 50 hours 22 minutes in a wetsuit, covered by China Central Television
  • He completed the first crossing of Xingkai Lake, 69 km (42.8 miles) in Heilongjiang province in August 2010 in 36 hours 30 minutes in a wetsuit, covered by China Central Television
  • He completed the first crossing of Fuxianhu Lake, 35 km (21.8 miles) in 12 hours 1 minute in 2001 of China's deepest freshwater lake
  • He completed the first crossing of the Ling-Ding Sea (Pearl River estuary), 35 km (21.8 miles) from Hong Kong to Macau in 2005 in 10 hours 43 minutes
  • He was the first Chinese to cross the English Channel from England to France in 11 hours 56 minutes in 2001
  • He completed the first crossing of Tianchi Lake, 3.3 km in 2001
  • He coached 4 swimmers of the Zhang Jian Open Water Swimming Team on a 15-mile, 7-hour high-altitude swim across Kanas Lake in 10°C that is located at 4,200m altitude in China's Xinjiang Province.
  • He was named as one of the top ten male athletes in China in 2011.
  • He is the Outdoor Branch Collegiate Athletic Association Vice-Chairman of Beijing and Deputy Leader 13th and 14th National People's Congress on behalf of sports.
  • 中国的张健入选国际马拉松游泳名人堂。
  • 张健是中国首位也是至今唯一一位成功横渡英吉利海峡的游泳运动员,长度34公里/21英里,用时11小时56分钟。他也是首位率先采取传统英吉利海峡横渡规则在国内创下一系列超长距离游泳纪录的运动员:1988年横渡琼州海峡,长度29.5公里/18.3英里,用时9小时20分钟; 2001年云南抚仙湖-中国最深的淡水湖,长度35公里/ 21.8英里,用时12小时1分;以及2005年从香港到澳门,长度35公里/ 21.8英里, 用时10小时43分钟。
  • 张健也是国内穿防寒胶衣完成两次游泳超马横渡的第一人:2000年渤海湾,长度123公里/76.4英里,用时 50小时22分钟;2010年兴凯湖,长度69公里/ 42.8英里,用时36小时30分钟。这些横渡创举被中央电视台等各大媒体广泛报道,大大激发了中国各地对开放水域游泳的兴趣。
  • 2011年,张健被评为中国十大男运动员之一,为马拉松游泳带来更多的荣誉和公众关注。
  • 张健也是一位出色的游泳教练和领导,历年来任北京体育大学户外活动中心主任,第十三、 十四届全国人民代表大会体育界代表。

Coaching Career

Greatest Watermen in Open Water Swimming History

He was named as one of the Greatest Watermen in Open Water Swimming History by the World Open Water Swimming Association in 2015:

1. Zacharias Alexandrakis (Macedonia): Marathon swimming enthusiast, open water swimming promoter, lifeguard, swimming coach and lifesaving leader.
2. Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González (Mexico): Triathlete, ultra-endurance athlete, channel swimmer and author
3. Stathis Avramidis, Ph.D. (Greece): Researcher, swimmer, author, speaker, and lecturer
4. Peter Bales (South Africa): Channel swimmer, marathon swimmer, governing body administrator and escort pilot
5. Vito Bialla (U.S.A.): Extreme relay swimmer, professional sailor, and escort pilot of the Farallon Islands, California
6. Paul Blackbeard (South Africa): World-class pool swimmer, ocean swimmer, and life saver
7. Lord Byron (Great Britain): Poet, author and pioneering sea swimmer
8. Dick Campion (Australia): Olympian, coach, trainer, author, promoter, and professional marathon swimmer
9. Daniel Eulogio Carpio Massioti (Peru): Four-time Olympian, Channel swimmer, professional racer, and solo swimmer
10. Bruckner Chase (U.S.A.): marathon swimmer, ocean advocate, ambassador to the disabled, filmmaker, paddler and surf lifesaver
11. Buster Crabbe (U.S.A.): Olympic champion, ice swimmer, promoter, and movie star of 3 pulp fiction heroes
12. Guy Delage (France): Ocean swimmer, extreme adventurer, diver, submariner, and sailor
13. Marcos Díaz (Dominican Republic): Marathon racer, extreme swimmer, surfer, governing body administrator, and event director
14. Shannon Eckstein (Australia): Ironman lifesaver, paddler, kayaker, surf skier and ocean swimmer
15. Ian Emberson (Kauai, U.S.A.): Channel swimmer, original Ironman triathlete, ocean swimmer, event director, and triathlete
16. George Freeth (Hawai, U.S.A.): Ocean swimmer, surfer, paddler, and lifesaver organizer
17. Alfréd Hajós (Hungary): Olympic champion, professional racer, and architect
18. Trevor Hendy (Australia): Ironman lifesaver, paddler, kayaker, surf skier and ocean swimmer
19. Colin Hill (Great Britain): Ice swimmer, Channel swimmer, television commentator, and event director
20. Craig Hummer (U.S.A.): Competitive swimmer, kayaker, paddler, Ironman lifesaver, and Olympic television commentator
21. Ky Hurst (Australia): Ocean swimmer, two-time Olympian, body surfer extraordinaire, and champion life saver
22. Zhang Jian (China): Marathon swimmer, Channel swimmer, ice swimmer and university sports director
23. Captain Tim Johnson (U.S.A.): Marathon swimmer, author, professor, shark cage designer, analyst, and historian
24. Duke Kahanamoku (Hawaii): Ocean swimmer, Olympic champion, surfing legend and ambassador of aloha
25. Grant Kenny (Australia): Ironman lifesaver, paddler, kayaker, surf skier and ocean swimmer
26. Guy Leech (Australia): Ironman lifesaver, paddler, kayaker, surf skier and ocean swimmer
27. Luiz Eduardo Carneiro da Silva de Souza Lima (Brazil): Two-time Olympian, stand-up paddler, ocean swimming coach, pioneering ocean swimmer and promoter
28. Pádraig Mallon (Ireland): Marathon swimmer, Channel swimmer, ice swimmer, event organizer, promoter and triathlete
29. Vojislav Mijić (Serbia): Marathon swimmer, professional racer, solo pioneer and event organizer
30. Masayuki Moriya (Japan): Coach, channel swimmer, event organizer, clinician, and governing body administrator
31. Keo Nakama (Hawaii/U.S.A.): World champion, world record holder, pioneering ocean swimmer, event organizer and coach
32. Aaron Peirsol (U.S.A.): 7-time Olympic medalist, surfer, lifeguard, coach, and body surfer extraordinaire
33. Lewis Pugh (Great Britain): Channel swimmer, marathon swimmer, ocean advocate, ambassador, author, and speaker
34. Kevin Richards (South Africa): Competitive swimmer, triathlete, surf lifesaver, and coach
35. Philip Rush (New Zealand): Channel swimmer, marathon swimmer, professional racer, escort pilot, channel administrator, and fire fighter
36. Wayne Riddin (South Africa): Competitive swimmer, race director, aquapreneur, coach and promoter
37. Veljko Rogošić (Croatia): Two-time Olympic swimmer, professional racer, solo pioneer, swimming ambassador and marathon swimmer
38. Kenny Rust (Hawaii, U.S.A.): Ocean swimmer, lifeguard, aquapreneur, and event safety official
39. Ori Sela (Israel): Sea swimmer, coach, therapist, pioneer relay swimmer and aquapreneur
40. Borut Strel (Slovenia): Coach, swimmer, clinician, planner and logistic expert
41. Martin Strel (Slovenia): Channel swimmer, marathon swimmer, extreme adventurer, film protagonist, and camp clinician
42. Georgios-Ioannis Tsianos, M.D., Ph.D. (Greece): Research scientist, physician, expedition medic and Channel swimmer
43. Christof Wandratsch (Germany): Channel swimmer, professional racer, solo pioneer, ice swimming record holder and event promoter
44. Captain Matthew Webb (Great Britain): Channel swimmer, extreme adventurer, and professional racer
45. Johnny Weissmuller (U.S.A.): 4-time Olympic champion and movie star with a household name
46. Alick Wickham (Solomon Islands): Ocean swimmer, high diver, body surfing promoter, surfboard shaper, and freestyle ambassador
47. Patrick Winkler (Brazil): Competitive swimmer, ocean swimmer, stand-up paddler, race promoter and publisher of The Swim Channel Magazine
48. Jabez Wolffe (Great Britain): Channel aspirant and coach in the early generations of channel swimming
49. Doug Woodring (Hong Kong/U.S.A.): Marine environment ambassador, ecology advocate, aquapreneur, ocean event director, paddler, diver, and ocean swimmer
50. David Yudovin (U.S.A.): Channel swimmer, marathon swimmer, aquapreneur, benefactor and mariner

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