15-year-old Chinese swimmer makes a splash in American pools

China Plus Published: 2018-01-14 16:33:27
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Li Bingjie competes in the Women's 800m Freestyle final at the National Games in Tianjin on September 6, 2017. [File Photo: VCG]

Li Bingjie competes in the Women's 800m Freestyle final at the Chinese National Games in Tianjin on September 6, 2017. [File Photo: VCG]

Chinese swimmer Li Bingjie has proven herself a serious contender for major world titles, having won three gold medals at the TYR Pro Swimming Series in Austin, Texas. 

Li won the Women's 200m, 400m, and 800m Freestyle competitions by a comfortable margin. 

The 15-year-old is already a household name in China after becoming the first Chinese swimmer in 19 years to have reached the podium with a bronze medal in the Women's 400m Freestyle at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. 

Li Bingjie with her bronze medal on the podium for the Women's 400m Freestyle at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on July 23, 2017. [File Photo: ]

Li Bingjie with her bronze medal on the podium for the Women's 400m Freestyle at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on July 23, 2017. [File Photo: ]

She went on to win two silver medals at the event before following up on this international success with four gold medals at last year's Chinese National Games. 

Li has set her sights on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and beating Katie Ledecky, who is considered by many as the world's dominant female swimmer.

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