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Cao Yuan
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Cao Yuan at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Nationality Chinese
Born (1995-02-07) 7 February 1995 (age 29)
Changsha, China
Height 167 cm
Weight 62 kg
Country China
Sport Diving
Event(s) 3 m, 10 m, 3 m & 10 m synchro
Club Beijing
Medal record
Men's diving
Representing  China
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Olympic Games 3 1 1
World Championships 4 3 1
FINA Diving World Cup 5 3 0
Asian Games 4 1 0
Olympic Games
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Gold United Kingdom 2012 London 10 m synchro
Gold Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro 3 m springboard
Gold Japan 2020 Tokyo 10 m platform
Silver Japan 2020 Tokyo 10 m synchro
Bronze Brazil 2016 Rio de Janeiro 3 m synchro
World Championships
Gold 2015 Kazan 3 m synchro
Gold 2019 Gwangju 3 m synchro
Gold 2019 Gwangju 10 m synchro
Gold 2022 Budapest 3 m synchro
Silver 2017 Budapest 3 m synchro
Silver 2019 Gwangju 3 m springboard
Silver 2022 Budapest 3 m springboard
Bronze 2013 Barcelona 10 m synchro
FINA Diving World Cup
Gold 2010 Changzhou 10m synchro
Gold 2012 London 10m synchro
Gold 2014 Shanghai 10m synchro
Gold 2014 Shanghai 3m synchro
Gold 2018 Wuhan 3m synchro
Silver 2014 Shanghai 3m springboard
Silver 2016 Rio de Janeiro 3m synchro
Silver 2018 Wuhan 3m springboard
Asian Games
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Gold 2018 Jakarta-Palembang 3 m synchro
Gold 2014 Busan 3 m springboard
Gold 2014 Busan 3 m synchro
Gold 2010 Guangzhou 10 m platform
Silver 2018 Jakarta-Palembang 3 m springboard

Cao Yuan (simplified Chinese: 曹缘; traditional Chinese: 曹緣; pinyin: Cáo Yuán; born 7 February 1995) is a Chinese diver and an Olympic gold medalist, having won three golds, one silver and one bronze in the Olympics. He has also won golds in diving at the World Championships and World Cups.

Early life

Cao Yuan was born on 7 February 1995 in Hunan province. Cao Yuan started diving at age 5. His mother wanted him to learn discipline so enrolled him in diving classes.

His life motto is "Go your own way and see your own scenery. Be calm for life's ups and downs."


Cao Yuan and Qin Kai at the 2016 Olympics

He competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Men's synchronized 10-metre platform, winning the gold medal. He won the gold medal at 2010 Asian Games in Men's 10-meter platform at the age of 15.

Cao Yuan is the only diver in history to win 3 gold medals in a single World Diving Series event by winning gold medals in 3m synchro, 10m synchro, and 10m individual events of the 2014 World Diving Series in Canada.

Cao Yuan together with Yue Lin are the only divers to ever win two World Series gold medals on the same day of the competition by winning the 3m synchro and 10m synchro events on 30 May 2014.

In 2015, he partnered with Qin Kai on the men's 3m synchro springboard at the World Championships in Kazan and won gold.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Cao led throughout the competition in the men's 3m springboard event, and won gold with a score of 547.60. He also won bronze in the 3m springboard synchronized dive with Qin Kai.

In 2017, at the World Championships in Budapest, Cao won silver pairing with Xie Siyi in the 3m synchro. In the 2018 World Cup, he won a gold in the 3m synchro with Xie, as well as a silver in the individual 3m springboard.

At the 2019 World Aquatics Championships held in Gwangju, South Korea, Cao Yuan won gold in both the men's synchronised diving events. In the 3m synchro with Xie, the pair won with their last two dives, and he also won with Chen Aisen in the 10m synchro.

At the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Cao and teammate Aisen Chen won silver in men's synchronized 10m platform. He also won gold in individual 10m platform with 582.35 points.


In 2014, he was named the Male Diver of the Year by the International Swimming Federation (FINA). He was again given the accolade in 2018.

He received the 4 May Youth Medal of Beijing in the People's Republic of China in 2014.

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Cao Yuan para niños

  • China at the 2012 Summer Olympics
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