Interesting fact about your buddy Mao,Mao called US a paper tiger in 1950's, honestly speaking US back then was not a paper tiger, it was still much stronger than China, calling it a paper tiger only means to show China's atitude , how things changed over the decades, now US is calling China Paper Dragon....
My father was born on July 16, 1966. And on the day after dad was born, Chairman Mao swam the Yangtze River. News of this appeared in the July 25, 1966, edition of the People’s Daily and the Liberation Army Daily, appearing prominently on both front pages.
According to the People’s Daily, Chairman Mao at 72 swam a 15 kilometre course in the Yangtze River in just 65 minutes, a speed of 3.842 metres per second.
What I found particularly curious, however, was that according to these news reports “Chairman Mao swam 15 kilometres in 1 hour and 5 minutes.” So we can calculate that Mao Zedong, who was then already in his seventies, swam at a speed of 3.842 metres per second.
On August 4, 2012, during the London Olympics, China’s Sun Yang (孙杨) won gold in the 1500 metre freestyle with a time of 14 minutes 31.02 seconds, setting a new world record. This means Sun clocked in at 1.722 metres per second.
Fifty years ago, Mao Zedong’s ‘world-record-breaking’ swim in the Yangtze River signalled the return of the Great Helmsman. Other state leaders have since tried to use the sport as a demonstration of power, with varying results
The “Birthday Paper” is an approach to the research of Chinese media history pioneered at the University of Hong Kong by Qian Gang…