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Chinese teen swimming sensation Ye Shiwen propels her way to a 400-meter IM Gold Medal in the London Olympics in world record time. Time for celebration or controversy?
"The Chinese team keep very firmly to the anti-doping policies, so there is absolutely no problem." said Ms. Ye prior to her world record performance
"In the 1990s, the Chinese did more drugs than Guns N’ Roses. Chinese swimmers have failed 40 drugs test since 1990. That’s three times as many as any other country.", claims David Whitley (Sporting News) . Of course, stuff that happened in the past is not proof that the same thing is happening today. It's the fact that Ms. Ye's final lap was faster than Ryan Locke's, 28.93 to 29.10 seconds, when he won the men's 400-meter IM Gold Medal that is rasing eyebrows.
"We were all talking about that at dinner last night," Lochte said. "It was pretty impressive. And it was a female. She's fast. If she was there with me, I don't know, she might have beat me." John Leonard, executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, said Ye "looks like superwoman" added: "Any time someone has looked like superwoman in the history of our sport they have later been found guilty of doping."
“The accusations fired at Ye are out of line in this age of drug testing,” said John Lohn, a columnist for Swimming World. “Instead of dirtying her achievement with unfounded claims and doubts, it would be wise to appreciate a performance which was legendary."
Interviewed after her incredible performance, Ms. Y had this to say, "I'm still young. After training I'm sure I'll be even better. This is a big step for Chinese swimming."
Blood samples are kept for eight years by the IOC. The war against doping goes on long after the closing ceremony.