National Games: ‘prehistoric’ Fu Yuanhui advances to the semi-finals of 100m backstroke
- The 25-year-old Fu makes fun of her age after winning her qualifying heat in the 100m backstroke
She qualified for tonight’s semi-final in a time of one minute, 0.66 seconds, just over a second outside her national record personal best of 58.72.
Fu, a Hangzhou native, revealed she is determined to qualify to represent China at next year’s Asian Games, which will be held in her hometown.
After her heat, Fu poked fun at her age as she revealed she has no target at the National Games, her fourth, and possibly final, outing.
“I don’t have any goal in mind here. It’s good to just focus on participating. I’m too old! This is the fourth time I have participated at the National Games. I feel old,” said the 25-year-old. “I first participated at the National Games when I was 13 years old.
“(The power of the prehistoric) is gone. I am getting older and older. I feel that I have lived through the changing of time and witnessed changes in history. It should be my last National Games. I think at 29 years old, I won’t participate in the (next) National Games,” Fu added.