Fu Yuanhui: China falls in love with Olympic swimmer and her ‘mystic energy’

She won a bronze in Rio but it is her cheerful and engaging interviews that have made her an internet superstar with millions of new fans

Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui hoped she’d wow the world with her backstroke. Instead she is breaking the Chinese internet with her hilarious post-swim interviews.

“Whoooaah! I was so fast!,” explained Fu after she clocked 58.95 seconds, coming in third in the women’s 100m backstroke semifinal on Monday. “I didn’t hold back…I used all of my mystic energy!”

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