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IOC declares Ye Shiwen clean

08-02-2012 14:24 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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When Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen started breaking world records at the Olympic pool in London, allegations of performance enhancers quickly followed. At a Monday briefing in London, IOC spokesman, Mark Adams, defended Ye Shiwen’s record-breaking gold medal performance, saying Ye had passed the drug tests and deserved recognition for her achievements. The teenger swimmer, together with the Chinese olympic delegation, fought back too. 28.93 seconds. That’s all it look for the last 50 meters of her 400 Individual Medley.

It bettered the men’s gold medal winner Lochte’s time of 29.10.

The gender-defying feat and her world record of 4 minutes twenty-eight point forty three seconds sent allegations flying about the Chinese 16-year-old swimmer Ye Shiwen.

John Leonard, an American and the executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, told reporters that her performance was "suspicious".

Gold medalist Ye Shiwen of China poses after the awarding ceremony of women's 200m individual
medley swimming event at London 2012 Olympic Games in London, Britain,on July 31, 2012. Ye
Shiwen won the gold medal of the event with a time of 2:07.57 and set a new Olympic Games
record. (Xinhua/Fei Maohua)

Leonard’s suspicion is shared by quite a few, including Miss Balding, the BBC presenter who was anchoring the public broadcaster’s coverage from the Aquatic Centre.

And the IOC responded soon.

At a briefing on Monday, IOC press spokesman Mark Adams defended Ye. He said instead of raising suspicions, people should applaud Ye’s new record and the spirit of the Olympic Games.

The chairman of the IOC’s medical commission also said doping suspicions are groundless.

Since 2008, China has turned to foreign trainers to get their coaching programs up to international standards.

Ye, benefiting from the program, has trained in Australia with two well-recognized coaches, Ken Wood and Denis Cotterell.

Ken Wood, Swimming Coach, said, "These sort of things, they’re picking on the Chinese. But when the Chinese were down here and when she (Ye Shiwen) was down here, and I’ve had them coming twelve weeks at a time in and out all the time, and the drug testers were in here all the time. They didn’t let up on them and they don’t tell you who they’re going to test. You know, they come in and they won’t even tell me."

Answering tough question, the 16 year old phenom says, there is absolutely no problem.

Despite ongoing suspicions, she secured another gold medal in the women’s 200m individual medley on Tuesday, beating the Olympic record she set earlier in the semifinal.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: CCTV.com

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