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Swimmer Fu Yuanhui reminds people that periods don't care that you're competing in the Olympics

Chinese Olympian Talks Competing On Period

Emotive Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui has given very candid post-race interviews during the Olympics, and Saturday was no exception. After the Chinese team finished fourth in the 4x100-meter medley relay, Yuanhui apologized to her teammates for her performance.

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Yuanhui, wearing glasses with her swim cap and goggles, was crouching on the ground when it was her turn to be interviewed. Her teammate helped her get up and the interviewer asked her if her stomach hurt, according to Shanghaiist.

"My period came last night and I'm really tired right now," she said. "But this isn't an excuse, I still did not swim as well as I should have."

Like tennis player Heather Watson before her, Yuanhui reminded us that athletes are people too: They get periods and sometimes have to compete during their periods on the world's biggest stage.


After Watson implied that her period was to blame for her nausea and blurred vision during the 2015 Australian Open — she referred to it as "girl things" — another former player, Annabel Croft, said menstruation was the "last taboo" for women in sports.

And like Yuanhui, Watson still blamed herself: "... it happens and you're dealt with different cards on different days and I should have dealt with it better. It's a real shame and it sucks."

But perhaps Yuanhui directly referencing her period is progress?

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Second placed Brazil's Etiene Medeiros (L) watches as China's Fu Yuanhui celebrates after winning the women's 50m backstroke final at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 06: Yuanhui Fu of China celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women's 50m Backstroke Final on day thirteen of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 6, 2015 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Second placed Brazil's Etiene Medeiros (L) watches as China's Fu Yuanhui celebrates after winning the women's 50m backstroke final at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Michael Dalder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
China's Fu Yuanhui celebrates after winning the women's 50m backstroke final at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
China's Fu Yuanhui and Lu Ying (L) react after winning the women's 4x100m medley relay final at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, August 9, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Women's 100m Backstroke Victory Ceremony - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 08/08/2016. Kylie Masse (CAN) of Canada and Fu Yuanhui (CHN) of China (PRC) pose with their medals REUTERS/David Gray FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
Fu Yuanhui of China warms up prior to the women's 100m backstroke heat of swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 7, 2016./ CHINA OUT
KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 06: Yuanhui Fu of China celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women's 50m Backstroke Final on day thirteen of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 6, 2015 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
China's Fu Yuanhui celebrates her victory at the end of the final of the women's 50m backstroke swimming event at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan on August 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
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