Chinese defend swimmer's gold, knock Western 'bias'August 4, 2012
On the heels of her second gold medal performance, China's state media have come to the defense of Chinese swimmer, Ye Shiwen, ending their relative silence on the doping allegations that have plagued the young female swimmer since her recording-breaking performance last weekend.
On Saturday night, the 16-year-old Ye demolished the world record in the 400 individual medley, coming from behind to win gold in 4:28.43. Besides swimming that race nearly seven seconds faster than her winning performance at the FINA World Championships in Shanghai last year, she also incredibly outpaced American gold medalist Ryan Lochte's final 50 in the men's race by a split-second.
Lochte won the 400 medley with the second-fastest time in history.
Ye's dominant performance raised eyebrows among some swimming experts, including John Leonard, the head of the American Swimming Coaches Association who openly questioned the legitimacy of Ye's victory.
"History in our sport will tell you that every time we see something, and I put quotation marks around this, 'unbelievable,' history shows us that it turns out later on there was doping involved," Leonard was quoted as saying.
Questions were renewed Tuesday after Ye won again, this time breaking her own Olympic record in the 200 IM. The win made Ye the first two-time gold medal winner in Chinese swimming history.
It also made her a target for pointed questions regarding her impressive performances so far.
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