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Ye Shiwen made a world record and landed in mayhem of accusations indicating at doping. Not fair.
She beat her own personal best by five seconds and swam the final 50-m, which incidentally had John Leonard, executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, label performance suspicious.
That is gross unfairness. She has a lot on her side, she is young and lithe; she has trained well and performed better than any one else among her competitors. She won and she most probably deserved to.
She’s had 10 years of ruthless and purposeful training at her back. Ye began swimming at the age of six after her teacher noticed she had large hands and feet. It was her journey in to the world of swimming. After winning the 50-meter freestyle swim in her peer group at the Zhejiang Province Games in 2006 at the age of 10, her coach predicted Ye would be an Olympic champion. She joined the Zhejiang provincial swimming team in 2007 and China's national team the year after. At 14, Ye arrived on the world swimming scene at the Asian Games where she won a pair of gold medals and two silvers at the World Swimming Championships in Dubai. In 2011 Ye won gold in the 200-meter individual medley at the World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai, but finished outside the top three in the 400-meter individual medley. Just one year later, Ye swam the race more than a second faster than any woman in history. That is constant improvement and a proof of an athlete serious about being the best and not a cheat.
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She has been a remarkable athlete in all her years of competing both at home and abroad. The fact that she sprinted to victory in her final moments of the race should be applauded as a brilliant and sane strategy rather than a sign of foul play.
Every athlete trains and tries harder than normal for an event like the Olympics – so, there should be no surprise in her remarkable achievement. Yes, the Chinese athletes have been in the limelight during the 90s for taking illegal substances to enhance their performances but that is a thing of the past. China has done a lot to rub that mark off and let’s face it, even the scrutinizing and testing procedures have been harder and more effective during the past few years.
China's anti-doping chief claims Chinese athletes have undergone nearly 100 drugs tests since arriving in London, and they have all been cleared. It is also a fact that Ye and other athletes have been tested by the World Anti-Doping Agency and she has come out clean.
To label her victory as cheating or acquired under influence sounds more like a bias than fact. She should be accredited for her talent and congratulated for her win not made a victim of vicious and biased accusations.
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