Ye Shiwen (CHN) broke the first World Record of the 2012 London Olympics. At only 16 years of age, Shiwen blew past leader Elisabeth Beisel (USA) in the final 100 meters, posting a ridiculous freestyle split at 58.68 seconds. Shiwen posted a 4:28.43 to best Stephanie Rice‘s world mark of 4:29.45 set at the 2008 Games in Beijing, which was swum in a hi-tech suit.
100 butterfly: Rice 1:01.47, Shiwen 1:02.19
100 backstroke: Rice 1:08.36, Shiwen 1:09.54
100 breaststroke: Rice 1:17.42, Shiwen 1:18.02
100 freestyle: Rice 1:02.2, Shiwen 58.68
Coming home in 58.68 looks more like a strong final 100 of a 200 meters freestyle, not a 400 IM. After Sun Yang’s 53.50 closer in the 400 meters freestyle, it’s clear China’s training regiment is built on investing in a monstrous aerobic base.
Stephanie Rice’s Wortld Record from Beijing: