The Unbelievable Ye Shiwen

Jul 30 2012 @ 4:45pm

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Quite literally:

When 16-year-old Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen won 400-meter individual medley on Saturday, she set world record by swimming the final 50 meters in 28.93 seconds. Ryan Lochte, who won the men's event that same day, swam it in 29.10. Apparently, some people questioned how a teenage girl outswam the fastest man and broke a world record without the aid of the special water-slicing swimsuits that were banned after 2008, but we'll just admire the feat for what it was.

Others can't:

Ye's fellow swimmers sounded incredulous enough, and BBC presenters went even further. But it was U.S. coach and executive John Leonard who fired the first doping shots across the Chinese's bow. … Leonard points out that the Chinese swim program has something of a history of doping, dating back to the 1994 World Championships and running through the 2008 Junior Championships.

More on Leonard's comments and Chinese doping here.

(Photo: Shiwen Ye of China competes in heat three of the Women's 400m Individual Medley on Day One of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 28, 2012. By Al Bello/Getty Images)