Li Xuanxu (C), Yang Fan (L) and Yu Xin of Guangzhou attend the awarding ceremony of the women's 800m freestyle at the 6th Chinese City Games in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, Oct. 28, 2007. Li won the gold medal with 8:27.65. Yang and Yu took the silver and bronze respectively.   WUHAN, Central China, Oct. 29 - They might have the potential, but are far from ready for the Beijing Olympic Games.  

Over 300 swimmers, mostly under 19 years old, raced intensively for ten days at the Chinese City Games from last Saturday, but few of them kindled the pool with the Beijing Olympics approaching.  

Li Xuanxu, 13, was the brightest star in Wuhan as the diminutive girl swept three golds with world-class performance. She took the victory in the 200 meters individual medley in two minutes 13.98, the 14th fastest time this year. Her winning result of 4:37.56 in the 400m individual medley was even more impressive. It was placed sixth in this year's world rankings and could even have brought her the silver from this year's world championships.  

Li went on to claim her third gold in the 800m freestyle with a personal best of 8:27.65, almost another top 10 result in 2007.  

With these astonishing feats, Li was even described as the "fastest 13-year-old in history" by a foreign professional swimming website, and was believed "on a path to upsetting the medley applecart in Beijing."  

However, Li's coach Feng Zhen wasn't so optimistic.  

"She was too young to keep stable," said Feng. "She failed to eat or sleep normally during Japan Open, her first international meet, and felt upset once she didn't make progress in competitions."  

Feng's other disciples such as You Meihong and Yu Xin also showed extraordinary potentials in women's long-distance races, but lack of tests in international events.  

Jiao Liuyang, who finished fourth at the world championships, won her specialty of women's 200m butterfly in 2:08.18, even though the time was far behind her personal best of 2:07.06, which is the world's fifth best time this season.