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Exclusive interview: Ye Shiwen's hard training deserves gold medals

08-03-2012 13:12 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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After two remarkable, record setting, gold medal winning swims, China’s Ye Shiwen has become a star. Ye, set a new Olympic record in the final of the 200 individual medley and a new world record in the 400 individual medley. She says she’s surprised and delighted by the achievement, but that it wouldn’t have been possible without all the hard training.

ZHANG: The first surprise was winning gold, the second was setting a new Olympic record, and the third was your speed, 7 seconds faster than last year, did you expect to do so well?

Chinese Ye breaks world record and wins women's 400m medley gold>>

Ye Shiwen wins women's 200m individual medley>>

Ye Shiwen sets a new Olympic record in the final of the 200 individual
medley and a new world record in the 400 individual medley.

YE: I hoped I would do well, though I didn’t expect to do as well as I did.

ZHANG: What makes you such a fast swimmer? As you know, there’s been a lot of speculation in the media about your incredible ability.

YE: I’ve trained really hard and the training has been very effective.

ZHANG: With regard to your performance, do you think the doubts were motivated by sour grapes?

YE: Yes, I think so.

ZHANG: Why do you think so?

YE: We have never questioned when other countries’ athletes have won medals, so why should i come under suspicion?

ZHANG: How many doping tests have you had to undergo since you arrived in London?

YE: Three.

ZHANG: You’ve said that the doping tests are an accepted practice nowadays for swimming athletes, due to previous problems in the sport. The results of all of your tests were clear, right?

YE: Yes.

Ye Shiwen sets a new Olympic record in the final of the 200 individual
medley and a new world record in the 400 individual medley.

IOC declares Ye Shiwen clean>>

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. Full story>>

 

 

Guardian readers: US coach should apologize to Ye Shiwen>>

In a survey by the Guardian, 98 percent of netizens agreed that American coach John Leonard should apologize to Ye Shiwen for his irresponsible comments on her performance. John Leonard hinted that Ye Shiwen improved her performance by taking drugs. Full story>>

 

 

West being petty over Ye's amazing speed>>

Young Chinese swimming star Ye Shiwen set a new world record in the women's 400m individual medley, scooping a gold medal in the London Games. Her achievement, however, was met with suspicion and derision from Western commentators. Full story>>

 

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: CCTV.com

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