I am not a woman so I am not even going to try to describe the painfulness of going through a period. I am also hardly capable of getting across an Olympic size pool using anything other than - what can only be described as - the "basic survival instincts" stroke so I am not going to try to say how exasperated someone should be after doing so in incredibly quick fashion. Still, kind of seems like Fu Yuanhui is playing this up a bit. No doubt her stomach is in knots, but you'd swear she just struggled through that race like a wounded manatee with the Asian aquatic equivalent of the Willis Reed routine she's putting on in that interview.
I'm just playing the odds here, but I am going to go out on a limb and say she's not the only female that has performed in that pool while menstruating. I am, however, quite certain she's the only one that's acting like she's about to keel over and die from it. I'm glad she proudly shed some light on the struggles of womanhood, but she didn't have to pretend she was drowning in her flow while she did. Consider the cause of her troubles is a monthly visitor I can't imagine swimming under these conditions is unchartered territory for someone whose gone through an insane amount of training. I'm not saying I don't think she has the right to complain about internal bleeding because I probably would too if I were in that position. I just wouldn't be too upset if my peers - who were dealing with the same "ailment" - looked at me like a drama queen as they battled through it without using it as a pseudo-excuse. I bet there's plenty of women in Rio at a disadvantage due to the natural processes of their body that don't want to talk about them, and someonnnne just put them in an awkward position...