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URUMQI Mike Conley Jersey , Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Li Jinyu got up at six am onSaturday morning, three hours before sunrise in northwest China'sUrumqi, to catch an international flight to Bulgaria.
The 15-year-old speed skater is scheduled to make herinternational debut at next week's world junior short-trackspeedskating championships.
"It's my first time to compete abroad, and I wish I could have agood result," she said.
Li impressed at the ongoing National Winter Games, China'stop-level winter sports competition, as she grabbed the silvermedal in the 1 Cheap Memphis Grizzlies Jerseys ,500m in 2:16.202, which surpassed the world recordof 2:16.729 set by compatriot Zhou Yang eight years ago. SochiOlympics runner-up Fan Kexin won the gold medal in 2:16.024.
No one had expected Li's performance.
"It is beyond my expectations," Li said afterwards. "I felttired over the last three laps but I heard my coach ask me to gofaster."
"I was very surprised," said Li's coach Zhao Shuqi. "She's only15 and lack experiences. Her best result before the Games was afourth finish in the 1,000m qualification. She is young, but verytalented, and very smart."
Chinese national team coach Li Yan also heaped praises on thegirl.
"I am more than happy to see Li Jinyu take a silver with such agood time and at such a young age Brandan Wright Jersey ," said Li.
Li started short-track speedskating at seven, when Beijing wonthe bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games.
"I first heard about the Olympic Games in 2004, when I was onlythree years old, I knew that Liu Xiang did a great thing," shesaid.
"In 2008, I watched the Beijing Olympic Games on TV, and I juststarted skating. I thought maybe someday I can compete in theOlympic Games as well.
"I hope I can do something great for my country as Liu Xiangdid. But I am still young now Chandler Parsons Jersey , I need to improve step by step."
Liu Xiang won the men's 110m hurdle gold medal at the AthensOlympics in 2004 and became a super star since then.
Li seemed extremely young in the rink. "I was very nervousbefore the race, but when the competition started, I had no otherthoughts and just focused on my race."
Li also took part in the 500m, 1,000m and 3,000m relay in theNational Winter Games. She could have also made the 1,000m final Dillon Brooks Jersey ,but was surpassed in the last two laps.
"I feel a little pity about the 1,000m," she said. "I was in thesecond place before the last two laps."
The 13th National Winter Games, which kicked off Wednesday, willrun through Jan. 30. It is for the first time since the wintersporting gala was introduced in 1959 that the quadrennial event hasbeen held outside the northeastern provinces of Heilongjiang andJilin. Enditem
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