China's new internet favorite Fu Yuanhui scoredbronze 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 aftershe joked about using her "prehistorical powers" toachieve success in the semifinal.
"That was my personal best! I spent three months trying to get back to my top form, and thedevil knows what I went through. It was so tiring. Sometimes I really felt like I was about todie. And honestly, when I was training in Australia, I might as well be dead. But with today'sresult, it's all worth it. I'm happy and content."
Her dramatic facial expressions along with her funny yet spontaneous responses gained the20 year-old lots of fans, describing her as a walking emoji package. Many netizens outside ofChina 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 FuChunsheng said her daughter has suffered great pressure as she didn't perform well in thepreliminary heat. He called her everyday since the Olympics began to help their young daughterto release the stress.
Fu's swim career has not been that smooth. Although performing well in last year's SwimmingWorld Championships in Russia, Fu suffered from injuries and disease and stopped regulartraining for half a year. She said on her Weibo that she once coughed up blood.
With outstanding scores in the 2014 Asian Games and the 2015 Swimming WorldChampionships, Fu got the chance to show up in Rio despite her poor performance in theOlympic trials earlier this year. She said she will swim to her best like a heroine even if she cannot win the game.