Teenage Swimmer Defeats Olympic Champion

November 6, 2012
Editor: Liu Weiguo

Zhang Yufei, a teenage athlete from Xuzhou City in east China's Jiangsu Province, defeated an Olympic champion and won two medals at the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2012-Beijing (CHN) held at the National Aquatics Center in Beijing on November 2-3, 2012.

Zhang Yufei poses for a photo with her medal. [kb.dsqq.cn]

Zhang Yufei poses for a photo with her medal. [kb.dsqq.cn]


Zhang, 14, began training professionally when she was only five years old. This is her first time participating in an international sports event. She won a silver medal for the women's 400-meter freestyle and a bronze medal for the women's 100-meter butterfly stroke.

However, the most surprising thing about Zhang's debut was her defeat of Olympic champion Liu Zige, who won a gold medal for the women's 100-meter butterfly stroke at the 2012 London Olympics. Liu placed fifth this time.

Zhang said that she will continue training hard and aims for better achievements in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

(Source: kb.dsqq.cn/Translated by womenofchina.cn)

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