Ye Shiwen from east China's Zhejiang Province competes during the women's 200m individual medley final at 13th Chinese National Games in north China's Tianjin Municipality on September 3. She claimed the title with 2 minutes and 10.91 seconds. [Xinhua]
"The unwillingness to be left behind by others has encouraged me to persist in swimming for many years," said Ye Shiwen, the 2012 Olympic and world champion, when she snatched the gold medal with 2 minutes and 10.91 seconds during the women's 200m individual medley final at the 13th Chinese National Games in north China's Tianjin Municipality on September 3.
Ye, 21, disclosed that the title was the first victory for her in the past three years and she hoped that it would become the first step for her to walk out of the lowest point in her personal life.
The achievement was her best moment since a disastrous performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Prior to the National Games in Tianjin, it seemed that Ye had encountered a bottleneck in her swimming career since she had been plagued with lackluster performance in both domestic and international competitions.
Her failure to defend her honor during the women's 400m individual medley at the National Games produced additional pressure upon herself. Thanks to the encouragement from her coach, however, she finally pulled herself together and reclaimed the title in the women's 200m individual medley final.
The victory has thus given Ye fresh confidence in herself and a bright future for her career.
As there is still a long way for her to go, Ye revealed that she would make better adjustments for herself and work hard to prepare for the upcoming Asian Games in Jakarta of Indonesia in 2018.
(Source: chinanews.com/Translated and edited by Women of China)