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Ye Shiwen not doped, British Olympic Association says

China's record-breaking swimming star Ye Shiwen has tested clean for illegal drugs, Olympic officials say.
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Ye Shiwen, China's 16-year-old swimming champion, really is that fast, Olympics officials say.

The gold medallist and world record holder has passed all the tests for performance-enhancing drugs, the chairman of the British Olympic Association said today.

"She been through [the World Anti-Doping Agency's] program and she's clean," Lord Colin Moynihan told a press conference. "That's the end of the story. Ye Shiwen deserves recognition for her talent."

Moynihan condemned the speculation that her success might be due to something else.

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A senior US coach stoked the rumors yesterday when he called Ye's record-breaking performance in the 400m medley "disturbing" and "suspicious."

"History in our sport will tell you that every time we see something, and I will put quotation marks around this, 'unbelievable,' history shows us that it turns out later on there was doping involved," John Leonard, executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, told The Guardian.

Ye denied any allegation of doping and put her form down to "good and scientific training," Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

Some suggested that other countries were unwilling to believe that China could produce a champion. 

"I think it is not proper to single Chinese swimmers out once they produce good results. Some people are just biased," China's top anti-doping official, Jiang Zhixue, told Xinhua, according to The Guardian's translation

"We never questioned Michael Phelps when he bagged eight gold medals in Beijing."

Much of the disbelief has centered on the fact that Ye was able to accelerate dramatically at the end of the race, swimming the final 50m quicker than her fastest male equivalent, Ryan Lochte of Team USA.

Chinese coach Xu Qi told Xinhua that the comparison was "meaningless," since Ye was behind and needed to do her best to take the lead, while Lochte was already out in front "and didn't need to do his utmost."

Lochte himself said he wasn't sure he could have overtaken Ye: "She's fast and if she was out there with me, she might be able to beat me too."

Michael Von Oppen More than 1 year ago
I fully agree with Steve T below. Leonard, as well as many American and European publications that cite him, have hyped up these unnecessary, baseless, and frankly cruel allegations against a 16-year-old swimmer who has worked her entire life to reach this level. I wish our coaches and commentators would show a little more class, but sadly, lack of class seems to be the event at which they hold a truly unbeatable world record.
Steve T More than 1 year ago
What a crock of typical American jealousy. And what a shame that this poor girl's reputation and victory were taken away from her. The Olympics uses the toughest drug testing in the world, and no one should've said anything until testing results were released, and when they WERE released there should've been a round of apologies from the US coach and the media.
Sylvester Pitt More than 1 year ago
Chinese are known cheaters and liars. Fake Nike, Rolex, DVDs, etc. are all around the country. Some players are caught cheating like game fixing in badminton, under age in gymnastics and PED on various sports. They even have the guts to trespass Vietnam and Philippines territory based from fake historical maps which is against international law of the land and sea.