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Ye Shiwen, 16-Year-old Swimming Gold Medalist, is Embroiled in a Doping Controversy

Ye Shiwen, a 16-year-old female swimmer, captured Gold in the 400 m individual medley over the weekend, setting a world-record in the process. Congrats! Now that her record has set it and been scrutinized a bit … here come the doping allegations:

It was her final 100m of freestyle, in which she recorded a split time of 58.68sec, that aroused Leonard’s suspicion. Over the last 50m she was quicker than the American Ryan Lochte, who won the men’s 400m individual medley in the second-fastest time in history.

Doping at the Olympics? No way! John Leonard, executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, has been the most vocal about Shiwen’s shady performance. His best quote so far:

“Any time someone has looked like superwoman in the history of our sport they have later been found guilty of doping.”

Leonard also pointed out to the Guardian that “five junior Chinese swimmers were banned after testing positive for the anabolic agent clenbuterol” in 2009.

It’ll be interesting to hear Leonard’s reaction to the World Doping Agency just announcing Shiwen has passed all her tests. [Guardian]

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