|Born||6 January 1987|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||77 kg (170 lb)|
|College team||Beijing University of Technology|
Zhang Lin (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: ; born January 6, 1987) is a retired Chinese competitive male swimmer. He is an Olympic silver medalist, world champion, and the current world-record holder in the 800 metre freestyle.
On January 6, 1987, Zhang was born in Haidian Deistrict, Beijing City. He is the second son to his parents Zhang Zhongquan () and Zhang Fenglan (). He has an elder brother Zhang Cong () who is five years his senior. Both of his parents are employed by a property management company.
Zhang specialized in the 200 m, 400 m, 800 m and 1500 m freestyle events. Zhang was selected for the national team in 2002.
At the 2003 World Aquatics Championships, he was the only Chinese male swimmer to reach the individual finals, finishing in eighth place. In 2005, he broke China's 400 freestyle record at the National Games, and was crowned 200 and 1,500 freestyle champion.
Zhang Lin won a silver medal in the men's 400 meter freestyle at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing with a time of 3:42.44, 0.58 seconds behind gold medalist South Korean Park Tae-hwan, and making him at the time the third fastest 400 meter freestyler in history (and setting a Chinese Record in the process). Zhang's silver was the first Olympic swimming medal ever by a Chinese male swimmer.[failed verification]
At 2009 World Aquatics Championships in Rome, Zhang won a bronze medal in the men's 400 meter freestyle and a gold medal in the men's 800 meter freestyle (7:32.12); this was a world record and the first time by a Chinese male in a world swimming competition in the past 73 years. Zhang was named 2009 Pacific Rim Male Swimmer of the Year by ''Swimming World Magazine'', it's also the first Chinese male swimmer to win this award.
Zhang is coached by Zhang Yadong and Chen Yinghong. He has also been coached by Australian Denis Cotterell since late 2007, who is the former coach of distance champion Grant Hackett. In the fall of 2011, he trained with Dave Salo at the Trojan Swim Club for a 52-day training camp.
Zhang's greatest rivals were countryman Sun Yang and Korean Park Tae-hwan. They competed in many top-class competitions, including the Olympic Games, FINA World Championships and Asian Games. All three are regarded as the greatest Asian male swimmers in history;[by whom?] they set many Asian swimming milestones. Zhang is the first Chinese male swimmer to become world champion, to win an Olympic medal and to hold a world record. They have also become friends outside the pool.[excessive citations]
| Men's 800 metre freestyle
world record holder (long course)
29 July 2009 – present
| Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year