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Chinese Olympic swimmer goes viral for dramatic facial expressions
   2016-08-09 20:07:21    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo Jing

China's new internet favorite Fu Yuanhui scored bronze in the women's 100m backstroke on Monday, tied with Canada's Kylie Masse with a time of 58.76.

A day earlier, Fu became an internet sensation after she joked about using her "prehistorical powers" to achieve success in the semifinal.

An "emoji package" of Fu Yuanhui during the post-semifinal interview on in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sunday, August 7, 2016. [Photo: Chinanews.com]

"That was my personal best! I spent three months trying to get back to my top form, and the devil knows what I went through. It was so tiring. Sometimes I really felt like I was about to die. And honestly, when I was training in Australia, I might as well be dead. But with today's result, it's all worth it. I'm happy and content."

Her dramatic facial expressions along with her funny yet spontaneous responses gained the 20 year-old lots of fans, describing her as a walking emoji package.

Today, Fu hit the Internet again for her witty words in the post- final interview and extreme excitement during the awarding ceremony.

Fu Yuanhui feels excited after being informed by the journalist that she ranked third together with Canada's Kylie Masse in the women's 100m backstroke final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 8, 2016. [Source: CCTV]

"I was so fast. I broke Asia's record. I used up all my prehistoric powers yesterday (in the semifinal) and felt a bit tired today."

Fu Yuanhui looks extremely excited after the awarding ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 8, 2016. [Source: CCTV]

Many netizens outside of China have been also attracted by Fu's dramatic facial expressions.

Although having brought a lot of happiness to swim fans and audiences, Fu's father Fu Chunsheng said her daughter has suffered great pressure as she didn't perform well in the preliminary heat. They called her everyday since the Olympics began to help their young daughter to release the stress.

Fu's swim career has not been that smooth. Although performing well in last year's Swimming World Championships in Russia, Fu suffered from injuries and disease and stopped regular training for half a year. She said on her Weibo (Chinese Twitter) that she once coughed up blood.

With outstanding scores in the 2014 Asian Games and the 2015 Swimming World Championships, Fu got the chance to show up in Rio despite her poor performance in the Olympic trials earlier this year. She said she will swim to her best like a heroin even if she can not win the game.

Fu Yuanhui cries during a training session. [File photo: weixin]


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