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Chinese teen diving star`s village mobbed by fans

International desk || shiningbd

Published: 21:44, 9 August 2021  
Chinese teen diving star`s village mobbed by fans

Many people have been touched by Quan, who said she took up diving to help pay for her mother`s medical bills

China's teen diving sensation Quan Hongchan's family and neighbours have been harassed by tourists hoping to get social media "likes", local media say.

Ever since the 14-year-old won Olympic gold after delivering three perfect-10 dives, fans have rushed to her Maihe village home to take videos and photos.

Some persistent fans are even climbing trees for a better view.

Quan has received massive support online after she said she took up diving to pay her sick mother's bills.

Her story touched many people when she told reporters that she dedicated her Olympic win to her mother, who has been admitted to hospital many times after getting into a traffic accident years ago.

"I want to make enough money to support her," Quan had said in Tokyo.

On China's Twitter-like platform Weibo, the hashtag "how to view Quan Hongchan's home becoming an internet photo hotspot" was viewed more than 25 million times.

There was criticism over the actions of these influencers, who reportedly staked out the rural village in Guangdong province to livestream videos even after midnight.

Others knocked on the door to take selfies with her family members, while some tried to steal jackfruit from her home as souvenirs, local media said.

 

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