2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Swimming: August 6-13
- Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
- Prelims – 9:00 a.m/12:00 p.m PST/EST (1:00 p.m local), Finals – 6:00 p.m/9:00 p.m PST/EST (10:00 p.m local)
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- Day 1 Schedule & Results
- Live Stream (NBC)
Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen, who was the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the 400 IM thanks to a stunning World Record swim, has missed the final in the same event on the first day of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
Ye was only 7th in the 400 IM at the Chinese Olympic Trials in the event, but at the time blamed a sudden illness and did perform better later in the meet. But even at 20 years old, when she swam in Rio, she wasn’t even close. Her finishing time in the heats of 4:45.86 was over 17 seconds slower than she was in the London Olympic final and finished only in 27th place. Meanwhile, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu came within tenths of breaking her World Record as the top qualifier.
Ye has battled health issues since winning that gold in London, though she did still win the event at the 2014 Asian Games. She was selected for China’s Olympic Team, even without placing well at their Trials, because they didn’t view any other Chinese swimmers as viable alternatives.