[Asian Games] 18 Years Old Chinese Weightlifting Rookie Feixin Shed Tears When Told she was “Pretty”
On the 2nd, she ranked second after North Korea's Rim Eun-sim in the women's 64kg class... “Appearance is not important”
Chinese weightlifting rookie Feixin (18) is a ‘social network service (SNS) star’ in China.
Although he doesn't post on social media often, fans take pictures of him on and off the field and share them.
Chinese reporters introduced, "Although he debuted on the international stage this year, Peixin is already a star player."
However, Payshin actually feels burdened by this kind of attention.
She ended up crying when a Chinese reporter said, "On the Internet, everyone was saying she was 'pretty.'"
Feixin lifted 104kg in snatch, 130kg in clean and jerk, and 234kg in total in the weightlifting women's 64kg group A competition at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games held at the Xiaoshan Sports Center in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, on the 2nd.
The ‘offline star’ was Lim Eun-sim (27, North Korea).
Lim won the gold medal by lifting 111 kg in snatch, 140 kg in clean and jerk, and 251 kg in total, setting new competition records.
Feixin took second place by a total of 17kg.
After the game, Feixin was surrounded by Chinese reporters.
Because of Feixin's popularity, the medalist's official press conference was held later than scheduled.
Lim Eun-sim was asked questions about her performance, such as 'Why North Korean women's weightlifters are overwhelming China at the Asian Games?' and 'How to train while unable to compete in international competitions due to disciplinary action issued by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).'
However, for Feixin, the main questions were about ‘appearance’.
Feixin said, "I know there are many people on the Internet who tell me I'm 'pretty'.
I'm grateful," and then she paused for a moment.
Immediately, Feixin's eyes turned red.
“My goal is not to become prettier, but to improve my weightlifting record.
Appearance is not important to me at all,” she said, adding, “I’m sorry for not being able to show a better side to the people who cheered me on at the stadium today,” and lowered her head.
Feixin made her international debut at the Jinju Asian Weightlifting Championships in May this year.
At that time, he participated in the 59 kg class and came in second place with a total weight of 236 kg.
In September she took third place with a total weight of 232 kg in the women's 59 kg class at the World Championships held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Her performance was unsatisfactory in Chinese weightlifting, which prides itself on being the ‘strongest’.
She competed in the 64kg class, and in this competition, she felt the difference in skill between Lim Eun-sim and Eun-sim throughout the match.
The host country, China, lost the championship to North Korea in all four weight classes of the women's weightlifting competition held until the 2nd, crushing her pride.
Feixin, who failed to win any of her gold medals in three international competitions this year, cried with many emotions.