China’s Ye Shiwen Makes History, 400 IM Analysis

  224 Davis Wuolle | July 28th, 2012 | International, London 2012 Olympics, News

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:

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ye looks like she shaved her head a few months before the olympics. she could have at least trimmed it so it doesn’t look so obvious. similarly with the women’s chinese diving team.
lots of substances decay in time to be tested clean- but they stay in the hair forever.

i still think katie ledecky is a stylish doper

katie ledecky is a stylish doper.


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