Yesterday was a glorious day for the Chinese swimming team as they won many medals and these hard working people brought honors to their homeland. Weibo was full of fans getting excited over three specific swimmers: Sun Yang, Ning Zetao and Fu Yuanhui. Not only them, but the diving team also received a lot of attention for their great performances.
Sun Yang is the big winner of the night as he finally gets his well-deserved Golden medal during his performance at the 200m Men’s freestyle swimming. [Edit: Oups, he already won a gold medal during London 2012 at the 1500m epreuve] He also received the silver medal for 400m Freestyl swimming. In his interview, he talked about how proud he is of his Gold medal as before, he always get second prize. I think we have an overachiever here :’D He had a drug controversy in 2014 (which he can be seen as fair or unfair, I will not get into that). This event was brought back this week by the Australian media which caused a real mess on weibo. Happily, this time, he is getting his well-deserved recognition without any troubles.
This clip went viral online as he was happily throwing his swimming cap after the big win. Sadly for him and hilariously for the internet community, he misses his throw as the cap falls behind him inside the pool. Like a good player, he goes back to take it and throw it again…
.. so that a happy audience member can get his swimmer’s cap!
Interview about the hardwork he went through.
Young nineteen years old Fu Yuanhui became an internet sensation during the games. She showed exaggerated facial expressions as she proudly hears that she beat her own records during the semi-final. She says she is super tired, had cramps and was able to do so well thanks to her Hong Huan Zhi Li 洪荒之力 aka the force that Hua Qian Gu received when she became a demon in last year’s hit summer drama.
Xiao Gu approves!
Because of her enthusiasm and great games spirit, her face/expressions are trending everywhere! What a beautiful lady.
Fu and Sun giving each other a hug after the girl’s win.
Interview on day 1 where she talks about her 洪荒之力 and how impressed she is at her own performance.
Day 2 where she hears from the interviewer that she got 3rd place, as she didn’t hear it herself when it was announced. What a cutie! After hearing she won, she says that after all, she did pretty well. Either way, she worked really hard during the last year and only god knows what she had to sacrifice. At the end of the day, it is all worth it.
At an interview after her medal where she talks about her newfound popularity.
An interview where she talks about fangirling over Ning Zitao, Sun Yang, about having a positive mindset, her humor and her sportive spirit.
Athlete Xu Jiayu received the Silver medal for his performance in Men’s 100m Backstroke swimming. This is not his first performance at the Olympics as he also participated to the London 2012 Games. In 2014, he performed well during the Asian Games were 4 medals. Although he did not get as much attention as his colleagues from the swimming team, he fully deserves his place on this list.
I wasn’t sure if I should include him in the list (yet), but he is trending and a true bae, ok?! 😛 Ning Zetao is the trendiest Chinese athlete at this year’s Olympics, even before the competition started. He is immensely popular on both Weibo and Twitter where many celebrities showed their support to him (Xie Na, He Jiong, Ardene Choi and many others). With a killer smile and an amazing body, he is known for his great personality and work ethic. Although he still did not gain a medal at the Rio 2016 games (were not qualified to participate in the Men’s 100m freestyle), he still has the Men’s 50m freestyle to look out for. Considering he won the gold for 100m freestyle in 2015’s World Aquatics Championships and for 50m freestly in 2014’s Asian Games, he may still give a great performance on August 11. Zetao, I believe in you!
Isn’t he extremly cute here? ❤
Wu Minxia and Shi Tingmao
Wu Minxia is . Together, they won the Women’s Synchronized 3m springboard. This is Wu Minxia’s fifth medal during her Olympics career, making her the most performing athlete of China. She started at the age of 13 years old and this is her fourth games participation. Shi Tingmao is also an amazing diver as she is the first Chinese diver from provincial team to participate in World Championships. She and Wu Minxia had been working together since 2013.
Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia
These two beautiful ladies worked together to win the glorious Gold medal for Women’s Synchronized 10m platform. With this win, Chen Ruolin joins the club of Five medals at the Olympics for a Chinese athlete, with fellow diver Wu Mingxia. Ms. Wu received this honor two days ago. Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia worked together previously during the 2013 World Aquatics Championships. Here are some gifs of their amazing performances:
Chen Aisen and Lin Yue
The final duo that also got China another Gold medal in diving. Chen Aisen and Lin Yue worked together for the men’s synchronised 10m platform competition and received tremendous results!
That’s it! 😀 So happy I covered these events because there were so many precious moments. Everyone keep being awesome and strike for your very best 8D
Meanwhile, Micheal Phelps is still in the zone…