Shiwen Ye

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2011 World Championships (Shanghai, China)

At her first Long Course world championships, Ye took the 200 IM title, besting reigning world champion and world record holder Arianna Kukors, touching at 2:08.90.

2012 Olympics (London)

After her breakout performance in Shanghai, Ye won gold in the 200 IM (2:07.57) and 400 IM (4:28.43), breaking the world record in the 400 and the Olympic record in the 200.

In the 400 IM, Ye finished nearly three seconds ahead of runnerup Elizabeth Beisel of the United States. This was particularly significant because Ye had been well behind Beisel (and world record pace) at the 300, but used a monster freestyle leg to take both down in the end. For perspective, she was faster on her last 50 than Ryan Lochte was in his gold medal swim at these games.

2016 Olympics (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Ye finished eighth in the 200 IM (2:13.56) and 27th in the 400 IM (4:45.86).

2019 World Championships (Gwangju, Korea)

After her times slipping in 2015 and 2016, Ye Shiwen did not compete on the highest international stages for a time. Then, at the 2019 Chinese Nationals, she won the 200/400 IM and the 200 breast, qualifying her to swim all 3 at the 2019 World Champs.

In Gwangju, Ye earned a silver medal in the 200 IM (2:08.60) and 400 IM (4:32.07). In both events, she finished behind Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu (2:07.53 and 4:30.39). Ye also finished 4th in the 200 breast in a time of 2:23.15, just .25 outside of medaling.

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Gold 200 I.M. 2012 Olympic Games
Gold 400 I.M. 2012 Olympic Games
Gold 200 I.M. 2011 World Championships
Silver 200 I.M. 2019 World Championships
Silver 400 I.M. 2019 World Championships
Silver 200 I.M. 2010 Short Course World Championships
Silver 400 I.M. 2010 Short Course World Championships
Gold 200 I.M. 2012 Short Course World Championships
Silver 400 I.M. 2012 Short Course World Championships
Gold 200 I.M. 2010 Asian Games
Gold 400 I.M. 2010 Asian Games
Gold 200 I.M. 2014 Asian Games
Gold 400 I.M. 2014 Asian Games
Gold 400 Freestyle Relay 2014 Asian Games

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
lcm 200 IM 2:07.57 07/31/12 Olympic Games
London, England
lcm 400 IM 4:28.43 07/28/12 Olympic Games
London, England
lcm 200 Breast 2:22.53 04/28/19 FINA Champions Swim Series
Guangzhou, China
scm 200 IM 2:04.64 12/15/12 World Short Course Championships
Istanbul, Turkey
scm 400 IM 4:23.33 12/12/12 World Short Course Championships
Istanbul, Turkey
ShiWen Ye (photo: Jack Spitser) Ye Shiwen. Photo: Rafael Domeyko Shiwen Ye in the prelims of the 2015 FINA world championships in Kazan Russia (photo: Mike Lewis, Ola Vista Photography) 400 IM prelim, 2013 FINA World Championships (Photo Credit: Victor Puig) Hannah Miley, Ye Shiwen, 400 IM prelim, 2013 FINA World Championships (Photo Credit: Victor Puig) YE Shiwen, 200 IM, tops semi finals at 2013 FINA World Championships (Photo Credit: Victor Puig, victorpuig.com) Pixabay/Stock

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