Katie Ledecky wins in Olympic Debut, Breaks Evans Record

  112 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | August 03rd, 2012 | Featured, International, London 2012 Olympics, News

International racing debuts, at the Olympic level, are heart-stoppers.

Team USA’s Katie Ledecky, only 15 years old – the youngest member of the US Olympic Team – left little doubt from the start of the women’s 800 meter freestyle final to the finish, making the race less nerve-racking than most. In control, it was Ledecky against the world record line, for nearly 770 meters. She fell just shy of the mark, swimming a 8:14.63, but still fast enough to break Janet Evans’ 22 year old American Record of 8:16.22, set in Japan, 1989, at the Pan Pacific Games.

It’s been a generation since the swimming community has seen a distance powerhouse like Janet Evans. Here is Janet’s 800 free 1988 Olympic final:

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia was a distant second, 8:18.76.

Britian’s Rebecca Adlingon, the defending Olympic Champion, was third,  8:20.32. Adlington’s winning time and world record at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, 8:14.10, was set in a hi-tech suit, a Speedo LZR. At that time, Adlington made headlines becoming the first British woman in swimming to win Olympic gold in 48 years.

Adlington’s 800 freestyle 2008 Olympic win: 

Ledecky’s split-times:

TimeRankSplit
50 m28.39128.39
100 m58.81230.42
150 m1:29.01130.20
200 m1:59.95130.94
250 m2:30.82130.87
300 m3:02.10131.28
350 m3:33.02130.92
400 m4:04.34131.32
450 m4:35.55131.21
500 m5:07.11131.56
550 m5:38.39131.28
600 m6:10.02131.63
650 m6:41.38131.36
700 m7:12.81131.43
750 m7:44.13131.32
Finish8:14.63130.50

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Lisa
3 years 9 months ago

Amazing swim from Ledecky!

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

Ledecky was trolling Adlington with her 4:04 first 400!

Jiggsar
3 years 9 months ago

Sub 2 first 200!

Suzzie2012
3 years 9 months ago

I wonder how many times was Ledecky drug tested over the last 12 months and why is no one wondering about that. Her improvement is much more spectacular than Ye’s!

RetiredOldLady
3 years 9 months ago

Perhaps it’s because she is not coming home faster than Grant Hackett?

Brian
3 years 9 months ago

Probably a lot. Do a little research first and be a little less ignorant over USA Swimming’s drug testing rules for their national team and athletes of that caliber. I will straight up guarantee you right now that she’s been tested quite a bit.

You know why we questioned China? Becuase their team has a storied history of doping, one of their swimmers was caught with EPO several months ago, and their national testing system is behind a curtain, we don’t even know if they test.

Oh, and her splits weren’t faster than the men. Chad La Tourette has faster splits then she does, so she’s not outsplitting the top men on the squad.

yousure?
3 years 9 months ago

She just came onto the national/international scene recently and she hasn’t been on any national teams to the best of my knowledge. She has not been subject to the same drug testing as the other American athletes.

I’m surprised rampant doping doesn’t happen more often to be honest. Disappear for 3 years and “retire” from the sport, cycle every steroid under the sun, and come back the Olympic year and destroy. Technically, seeing as they are taking steroids as a regular person, there is nothing illegal being done. As long as they are clean when they come back to the sport, it should be perfectly fine.

Chad didn’t make the Olympic squad…

beachmouse
3 years 9 months ago

There is a look-back period when an elite athlete re-enters the sport- you have to declare yourself available for testing something like X number of months before you can compete in a FINA-sanctioned meet. Remember the first hint we got of Anthony Ervin’s elite level comeback came when a swim blogger last October made note that the USADA web site at http://www.usada.org/athlete-test-history was showing him having a drug test in the first quarter of 2011.

exceptions
3 years 9 months ago

I don’t know the rules specifically, but what if you aren’t a top notch athlete at the time of your retirement. Anthony was huge when he retired. What if someone is a national level swimmer, but they haven’t made the jump to superstardom so they aren’t in the random out of competition testing pool.

Brian
3 years 9 months ago

Well, there goes the best of your knowledge….she has bios for both USA Swimming National and National Junior Teams.

what?
3 years 9 months ago
Brian
3 years 9 months ago

Who said it was extensive? I just said she has bios on both teams, meaning she’s on them. Logic indicates that she has therefore then been tested under the same program. Especially if she’s also been ranked in the top 100.

Keith
3 years 9 months ago

Just a pick a username and stick with it, please. Thank you.

Brian
3 years 9 months ago

I know Chad didn’t make the squad. Which is my point – his splits are still ahead of Ledecky’s, and those who were actually at the games, even more so. Ye was outsplitting men who *made* the squad and were some of the very best.

3 years 9 months ago

She improved her personal best from 8:19.78 to 8:14.63 in less than a month. But John Leonard, an American and longtime executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, commented a few days before that; “Anytime someone has looked like Superwoman in the history of our sport,” Leonard said, “they have later been found guilty of doping.”

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

Obviously Leonard’s assertion was made for the chinese.only.

Otherwise Shane Gould, Mary T. Meagher, Janet Evans, Kriztina Egerszegi would also have doped.

morrow3
3 years 9 months ago

Leonard says a lot of things that a cringe-worthy. He likes to hear himself talk and see himself in print (just read the ASCA newsletters).

John Leonard has a lot of experience, and knows the history for sure. But he does not speak for all of us in the US Swimming community.

evidence
3 years 9 months ago

http://www.steroidabuse.com/how-to-spot-a-steroid-user.html
Male pattern baldness is on the list.

Note the receding hair line.

Brian
3 years 9 months ago

“Hey! I resemble that remark!”

-LeBron James

Jie
3 years 9 months ago

You know why? Because USA team has a longer history of dopping than Chinese team.

Brian
3 years 9 months ago

Oh do we? Right, we have *such* a long history of doping in swimming. Not.

Don’t be a clown. Our testing program is very strict and almost insane in their standards.

At least our whole National Team has not been the center of a international doping scandal, and one of our members caught using EPO 4 months ago.

Get over yourself.

Philip Johnson
3 years 9 months ago

lol

3 years 9 months ago

Hahahaha you just made that up. Troll

European
3 years 9 months ago

I love how americansm accuse others for doping when 16y.o. wins gold.Buuuut,when american wins olympic gold at age14/15 and takes 5 seconds from US trials,then there’s no problem with that?!?she’s doped like half of usa team,but ofcourse couple of biggest countries in the world can afford their athletes past the tests without a problem…sad

Ole 99
3 years 9 months ago

America rules… Europe drools!!!!

Keith
3 years 9 months ago

John Leonard = Americans? Since when?

ATX
3 years 9 months ago

Yeah this is a comical comment. And they say that its always the Americans who are the ignorant ones…

Ole 99
3 years 9 months ago

The splits reveal what I noticed while watching the race… Ledecky swam much faster going down the pool, when she could gage her speed/lead off Adlington (as Ledecky breaths mainly to the right), than when she was coming back each hundred.

Brian
3 years 9 months ago

What happened to the good old days of breathing to both sides? I remember when coaches preached that like none other!

beachmouse
3 years 9 months ago

For the distance races, there’s been a movement toward fixing technique so you could breathe more often and keep more oxygen getting into your body.

Suzzie2012
3 years 9 months ago

Brian, please let us know how many times was Ledecky tested over the last 12 months. I am sure Chine”s Federation would want to know as well. To the best of my knowledge she was not the member of senior national team over the last 12 months.
By the way Brian I am an American, and good swimming does exist outside America.
The arrogance we have has no place! The pride does.

Congratulations to Ledecky! Fantastic swim.

Brian
3 years 9 months ago

Who said you weren’t American? And they also test them at all national level meets. Ledecky is on the National Team, has been at many meets that the test at (Grand Prix, Juniors, etc), and was on the National Junior Team before that.

Please, don’t put words in my mouth, I have never said good swimming doesn’t exist outside America.

Kitajima, Park, Melloui, and the list goes on – are all phenominal swimmers.

China can get back to me when they have transparent testing for their athletes and show what goes on behind the curtain. I have no qualms about other athletes, just the ones that remain in “secrecy” and don’t have any sort of open and rigorous testing program.

don
3 years 9 months ago

Uh, actually the testing results on USA website do not show her as ever being tested through the first quarter 2012 .
The fact that doping/drug testing is brought up with other country’s swimmers is nauseating. Is it our way of showing American moral superiority ?
I dont suspect Ledecky and I don’t suspect any swimmer unless their is concrete proof, and nationality doesn’t count.
What Ledecky did was amazing.
What Frankin did in her 11 minute back /free turnaround was amazing.
What Ye did was amazing.

morrow3
3 years 9 months ago

You begin getting tested when you make a National (or National Youth) Team or when you reach a certain level in the world – like top 100 times in the world.

Kevin
3 years 9 months ago

The Chinese are definitely doping. There is not a doubt in my mind. Ledecky only dropped 5 seconds in a long race the 800 since Trials which is not that substantial. The Chinese not only have limited regulations on their drug testing procedures, but they have a long history of doping and getting caught. Pharmaucuticals are so much more advanced than the drug testing procedures can currently catch and test. Not only that, I there are stories about Chinese “look a likes” who test in place of the real athletes. Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Chinese Government are creating clones to test in place of the real athlete. And you know that Chinese officials are telling these Chinese Roiders that they are doing an honor for their country by doping and would dishonor their families and their culture if they don’t. Very shady Government running Communist China..

rollo
3 years 9 months ago

Oh Kevin.

Let’s start off by clearing some things up. For one, China’s current government is communist, yes, but communism is known as a form of government where EVERYONE is equal. That is clearly not the case. When people talk about communism these days, they generally speak of the country’s economic standpoint, in which this case is a hybrid between communism and capitalism. Obviously, you don’t want to talk about economy, so I’ll jump to debunking your theory in other ways.

Thank you Suzzie2012 for providing the numbers for both Ledecky (a big congratulations to her!) and Ye. These times speak for themselves, unless you really are too arrogant to accept facts.

Yes, I will admit China has had some shady history in doping and allegedly playing outside the rules (2008 accusations in gymnastics). They were proven guilty with stone hard evidence. Ye has passed her tests. If you think she’s doing something undetectable by current technology, then you would say the same for EVERY athlete. Phelps could’ve been doing the same thing for the past 12 years, still undetected, but no one here seems to be questioning him. To add to this, wouldn’t you think that the drug tests done in London are on a level field, done by the same group of people for every country?

“Chinese ‘look-a-likes’.” Wow. Just wow. In a country of 1.3 billion+, yes, chances are there will be look a likes (woah, stereotyping still exists?! shocker.) What you’re saying is that the Chinese find doppelgangers for every Olympian and fly each and every single one of them out to every competition just so they can test in their places. Hmm…

Cloning people? Sorry to bust your 12 sets of balls (I’m assuming that’s how many you have for actually making these accusations), but dang, advancements in technology haven’t moved THAT fast. (I’m still expecting my hoverboard, although Back to the Future said 2015, so they have 3 years to still do that.) For the record, I’m not that great of a biologist, but logically, humans would test something like cloning on animals before they tried on humans, and news of success in that endeavor would sure spread like wildfire. I’d also hate to see that there’s a possibility of creating more narrowsighted minds exactly like yours…

No, I do not know that “Chinese officials are telling these Chinese Roiders that they are doing an honor for their country by doping and would dishonor their families and their culture if they don’t.” I must have missed the memo on that.

Look, you are entitled to your own opinion. I am an American. We take pride in being the best, and doing things well. But with that pride comes an extreme arrogance, unwilling to accept that other countries could succeed as well. Remember that America is built by foreigners, controlled by foreigners, and is a country of foreigners. (I assume you are from the States by the way you spelled “dishonor.”) Remember that the US isn’t always the best at everything; at least not anymore. Remember that there is always somebody better out there, and by luck of the cards, they can accomplish what no one else ever has before.

But with your train of thought, might as well just make a new adage: “Innocent until proven guilty… except when it comes to the Chinese.”

Brian
3 years 9 months ago

Except Phelps, along with others like Dara Torres, have volunteered their blood samples for any future testing that will become available to ensure the validity of their efforts.

I don’t see that by the Chinese.

michael
3 years 9 months ago

Wow. I’m just amazed at your ignorance. First u go on and on about how strict the us doping tests. Well I think the Olympic testing is probably just as strict if not stricter. Ye shiwen already passed the test as well as the countless tests she’s already taken. Now I can hear your rebuttal in that tiny brain of yours. Well dopers can get around those tests? Then its logical that Ledecky or any other American swimmers could also get around those tests right? But I thought u said the us doping tests were so great. Clearly notstricter than olympic testing? And btw torres and phelps did not voluntarily give their blood as u claim. If u get tested as they all have, everyones blood gets stored. So stop trying to make it sound like this is unique to americans. One more thing, that other chinese swimmer that other people keepmentioning that was doping. Why didn’t she makeit to the Olympics? Well the Chinese olympic swim assoc tested her and found her to be doping. Sort of blows your theroies out of the water huh? The govt dopes all theirswimmers? Then why aren’t all their swimmers winning by huge margins? Sorry Brian but your bias and fabricated arguments areshowing holes.

Brian
3 years 9 months ago

Haha, I had to have a little laugh at your straw man arguments and ad hominem attacks.

The resorting to name calling is the mark of a small-minded individual. Please try and raise the bar higher than that, sir. But here, let me dissect your remarks.

“First u go on and on about how strict the us doping tests. Well I think the Olympic testing is probably just as strict if not stricter.”

-Actually, no. USA Swimming has much more extensive and invasive drug testing than FINA does. FINA’s requirement is 4 times a year. USA Swimming tests much more often than that for their national team, and on top of that they test at national level meets such as Jr’s, Sr’s, etc.

Therefore, the logic in that is such that we have no idea how effective China’s national testing program is, since we do not have any results from them, they do not have their results of their testing posted. The only thing you can rely on is the FINA testing, which you can bypass easily (unless, they are randomized as well. Otherwise it would be simple to take something like EPO and schedule it around their visits).

“and btw torres and phelps did not voluntarily give their blood as u claim.”[sic]

-YES, they did. You should do a little research next time. I don’t like going against someone unarmed with no knowledge. It’s like bringing a gun to knife fight. Both Phelps and Torrest volunteered for the USADA’s “Project Believe” before Beijing, a long term voluntary testing program involving urine and blood samples.

I would go on to further destroy you, but you appear to just continue to ramble. Better luck next time.

ATX
3 years 9 months ago

I think Kevin was trolling. Or at least at hope he was haha

beachmouse
3 years 9 months ago

I think the Chinese federation at the top level is trying to keep it clean. They’d lose too much face (and lose access to the Australian training sites they’ve come to rely on) if they had a repeat of Perth 1998. But one area where the communist government has reportedly introduced competition is at the provincial training level- I’ve heard there’s huge pressure for each district (or whatever the correct term is) to perform well at their national meets, and some of those regional teams have been hiring coaches, both foreign and domestic, who have been banned from polite sport for doping reasons.

How many times have we seen amazing domestic times in China from kids who vanish after one year and never end up sniffing one of their international teams? Burnout is probably the biggest reason for that since their federation still operates under a 1970s ‘more is better’ training approach. But I think they also manage to get most (though not all as we’ve seen) of the doping problems before they reach the stage where a doping positive would cause more lost face and send those kids off to early retirement.

Suzzie2012
3 years 9 months ago

Here some numbers. I trust we would have to assume that Ye was cloned at least several years ago. Best times YE 400 IM – 2010 4:33.79, 2011 4:33.66, 2012 4:28.43.

Best times Ledecky 800 free 2010 8:58.86, 2011 8:36.05, 2012 8:14. 5 seconds from trials, yes, but 22 from 2011. Sure, age group swimming, but Ye is only one year older.

I am curious what would anyone say if they were to be told that Ledecky was Chinese!

beachmouse
3 years 9 months ago

She’d probably get as many doping accusations as Sun gets, which are close to zero. Seems like everyone considers him to be a clean genetic freak of nature.

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

I doubt that.

Jcoach
3 years 9 months ago

I’d call her on it if she was Chinese. But she isn’t. Noone has been calling Ruta Meilutyte a cheater either. That’s because she wasn’t developed in a place with the very recent history of Olympic cheating like China.

I don’t give MLB players the benefit of the doubt either. Do you? If some shortstop hits 56 homers – history suggests he’s cheating.

Brian
3 years 9 months ago

This! We’re not calling Meilutyte a cheater, because there’s no history of it where she’s from.

It’s like China expects us to all just forget about their history because they like to rewrite it all the time.

It’s there, black and white, clear as crystal.

If they had a testing program like we did and posted/displayed all their results, plain as day, I would have no qualms at all.

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

There have also been cases where USA swimmers were tested positive for doping, including current USA team member, Jessica Hardy.

And yet, you seem to have swipe all these under the rug but not giving the chinese swimmers the benefit of the doubt.

Jean Marie
3 years 9 months ago

It’s all a question of TRUST and sorry, China has to earn it. I remember the nightmare years of the DDR swimmers and the American, Australian, Dutch, Canadian, etc. women getting robbed of their medals and I NEVER want to see that again. After the Wall came down, where did their “sports doctors” go – it was obvious – Communist China. They were eventually busted and laid low for a while. When they started to re-emerge EVERYONE, not just Americans, watched them like a hawk. There’s always the feeling of “what are they trying to get away with now”, and “if we don’t stop this now all of the competition will get buried.” So when you see something extraordinary the red flag immediately goes up. Of course, with a population of their size, they must have some great talent just waiting to be developed, but China must demonstrate good faith in completely opening up their program to the world and then they will receive the trust and respect of the worldwide swimming community.

Nelson KU Goldenbear
3 years 9 months ago

@Kevin “There is no doubt in my mind”, and “Chinese government are creating clones”….you sound utterly ridiculous. Anyone is innocent until proven guilty. The only fact that can be confirmed is that there have been some super amazing swims at this meet especially from the women. As a former collegiate swimmer I have loved watching these games they’ve been spectacular. And for Ledecky it is possible at that young of an age to drop that time. Phelps whent from 6th at the Olympics to a world record in less than a year! Let the doping officials do their jobs and get paid to worry about who’s doping or whatnot. Congrats to Ledecky!

Suzzie2012
3 years 9 months ago

If we go by the law of statistics, it is more likely to have “clean genetic freaks of nature” in the country of 1.33 billion people than in the country of 314 million! I love the term! Janet Evans was one of them! Her Vo2 max was unheard of!

Katrina Radke
3 years 9 months ago

So close to prediction that she could get WR. That WR is HERS soon!!!

Congrats Katie!!!

http://swimswam.com/2012/08/dear-katrina-discusses-wr-possibility-for-katie-ledecky/#comment-24225

DanJohnRob
3 years 9 months ago

I think the fact that China entered their 2 best female 100 breastrokers only in 200 breast is pretty shady. If they are experimenting with EPO or something like that to improve the endurance of their athletes, this makes sense. Ofcourse, it is not an exact science, so the 200 breast swimmers were not successful, but I still think those entries are shady and show a trend toward emphasis on endurance events because the Chinese team has some reason to believe their swimmers will be more successful in longer races. Just my opinion.

Keith
3 years 9 months ago

It’s only “shady” if you’re looking for explanations to confirm what you already believe.

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

You have gotta be kidding me.

Tang Yi won bronze in 100 free.
Is 100 free now an endurance event?
Lung Yi won silver in 100 fly.
Is 100 fly endurance event?
Is Vollmer doping?

I can’t believe the lengths people are trying to go to at to assert that chinese swimmers are doping.

DanJohnRob
3 years 9 months ago

As we’ve seen for so many years from Phelps, FINISHING the last 15 meters of the 100 fly and 100 free strongly favors athletes who have endurance backgrounds/incredible aerobic capacity. Hey, I am not saying the Chinese athletes are not wonderful and hard working and talented! IF Ye took something to help her finish her 400 IM faster than the men and faster than women wearing “super suits”, it’s too bad in my book, because she’s so talented she likely could have won without it! And IF these Chinese athletes, or just Ye, have taken EPO or something like it, I would blame their coaches/governing bodies. The ATHLETES would be just pawns in their game focused on winning at all costs; especially Ye, who afterall is only 16!

Keith
3 years 9 months ago

In hindsight, she might have been a good addition to the 800 free relay.

Philip Johnson
3 years 9 months ago

From Reuters:

Ye denied any wrongdoing and swimming’s world governing body backed her, saying she passed all her drug tests. The Chinese said their accusers were racist and would never point the finger at their own.

Then along came Ledecky. Within moments of her win, Ledecky’s Wikipedia entry had been vandalized. At her post-race conference, the inevitable inquisition began.

“It’s totally false,” she replied when asked if she had doped.

“I just put in a lot of hard work, this last year and that’s all that it’s been. It’s that simple.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/03/us-oly-swim-sww80f-ledecky-doping-idUSBRE8721TC20120803

Jg
3 years 9 months ago

I saw Ye as a 13 year old do a 4.34 s/c im. Her 200 was about 2.11. I know she is a good imer . However her free splits don’t make sense.

Ledecky. It could be the once in 2 generations little enduro tyro. Like gymnastics there can be a hot zone where body weight & power to Aerobic capacity is max.

There are rare freestylers whose whose fall offs are minimal.

400m pb = X.

Michelle Ford .800 = 2x + 5 secs.

Mirela Belmonte 800 = 2x + 7.5 Based on 4.5.4 pb

Katie Ledecky 800 = 2x + 4 . Based on trials pb. Otherwise 800 = 2x + 5.5.

Rebecca (LZR ) 800 = 2x + 6.6. (Beijing ).

Certainly Katie’s is a bit out of the box. However I think this spotlight is better than the one her club is under.

Timbo
3 years 9 months ago

I have read each and every one of these comments. I do not have a horse to back in this race, but I would like to offer a couple of personel opinions.

1. Transparent institutional entities/nation states allow for greater transparent outcomes as opposed to closed entities/nation states that enable controlled outcomes. (North America/Western Europe vs. China, Arab autocracies, etc.)

2. Freedom of speech of individuals/media existant in transparent institutional systems enables investigative research into suspect behavior/outcome/results. Little to no freedom of speech exists in closed/controlled media nation states such as in China, Arab autocracies, etc. (Example: we can freely debate the worthiness of performances of Ledecky vs. Ye in the USA on the inter-webs — in China, one is quite restricted to debate the worthiness of performances of Ye without repercussions).

3. In order to procure technologically advanced PEDs that have a good shot at beating the drug testing system (not clen – rather epo/hgh/or unknown synthetic substances yet to be popularly identified), one must have access to i) A closed national system of drug testing ii) A substantial amount of financial and medical resources that most individual athletes cannot afford but that national teams/extremely resourceful clubs could; and iii) a culture that exists (personal/family/team/nation) where taking shortcuts is deemed acceptable.

4. Final note relevant to Ledecky vs. Ye Comparisons: Having spent time in China as an American who swam in the US, I would say that China needs (emphasis on ‘needs’) to provide ways to inject ‘pride’ into their denizens. Oftentimes, nation states find that the best/easiest way of doing so is through sport at the highest levels. The technological prowess of certain nation states within the closed system enables them to expand beyond the confines of our current testing protocols.

5. Takeaways: ALL athletes in all sports should be mandated to submit sufficient blood/dna samples that will allow for subsequent testing down the road. Such stringent protocols should eliminate half of the bad apples, and will eventually expose any cheaters down the road once the technology to detect fraud has caught up with that of those who try to circumvent it. (this applies to all athletes – from Lance to Bonds to Ye to your US national champ)

ZZ
3 years 9 months ago

Wait, how do you know you can’t debate about Ye and Ledecky on Chinese internets? In fact I have participated in Ye discussion threads on Chinese forums. Just most of the people are supportive of Ye (just like most Americans are defending Ledecky when others mention her times are ‘strange’ too). You can discuss about the government too on those Chinese boards, and complain about the state of the country. Just cuz they block certain words, doesn’t mean the netizens can’t get around it….. They can still criticize their government online, but only more subtle wording. The biggest topic on Chinese nets these days is actually whether the state should fund these athletic programs to churn out Olympic medalists as opposed to spending the money on the poor (what good does more gold medals do for one’s country?)

outabout
3 years 9 months ago

From reading all these comments, the conclusion is obvious: 80% of Americans are idiots, 20% have clear mind.

Walter
3 years 9 months ago

Yes, correct

Hmmm
3 years 9 months ago

Ye’s split in the 800 free relay was 1:58? I’m not saying anything other than: That is strange! I will accept fast and I will accept amazing from Vandenburg, Meilutis, Manadou, Frankilin, Phelps, Ledecky ANYONE but inconsistency is always hard to swallow. What could account for that type of mediocrity especially when Ye is swimming at her lifetime best? I feel that if she was able to out split Lochte in the freestyle then she should drop something a bit quicker than that. Either that’s the worst case of not caring about one’s team or there is something else going on. Not sure what exactly….. only a bit strange to me

3 years 9 months ago

how about physical, mental and emotional exhaustion from a 16 year old hot off of 2 gold medals from a country that puts intense pressure on its athletes?

Hmmm
3 years 9 months ago

Missy Frankilin won a gold medal 14 minutes after a 200 free… I’m not convinced that being 16 is why her time was so slow in the relay. In fact I think a 16 year old would be more capable of rebounding, recovering and repeating a performance.

aswimfan
3 years 9 months ago

HMMM,

How about if ledecky is put under such intense glare and forced to answer question about the use of drugs, do you think that would not have affected her later swim??

Also, in Shanghai, Adlington also split 28 secs at the end of grueling 800 free, FASTER than 6 men in the men 800 free final!!!!

Kevin
3 years 9 months ago

You guys still have not convinced me that the Chinese are not doping. They are. However, I think Ye, Sun Yang, and any of the other Chinese team member who I am suspicious about are being injected/ orally given these drugs by their coaches. The Chinese team have different training routines and team bonding methods than the US. While many of the US athletes train, go home and eat a meal on their own while following up with a practice later in the day, the Chinese are with their team and coaches all day long which includes eating meals with each other. I think the coaches are putting supplements in several of these athletes meals that they then inject without their knowledge. I guarantee you these coaches are working with Chinese officials that are secretly working with Chinese officials to get the funding and access to these supplements to provide their athletes. I don’t think Ye at an innocent age of 16 would willingly poison her body..

Eddie
3 years 9 months ago
Hmmm
3 years 9 months ago

I never made any comments on Ledecky or Adlington. If you read what I wrote I said: ” I can accept amazing… I have trouble accepting inconsistency.” This was directed at Ye swimming not only a slow time in the Chinese 800 free relay (1:58) but also a time that is not even world class. She is a world record holder and it seems that the split in question by people is the freestyle split in the IM. My question is how does a world record holder who is swimming at her prime swim 1:58 in a 200 free in a relay? I don’t question the AMAZING. I am just wondering what happened in that 200 free?

anon
3 years 9 months ago

She must be on drugs

David
3 years 9 months ago

The fact is, American sports (baseball, football…) has an ugly, ugly history of steroid/performance-enhancing drug abuse. People are very quick to point out that China has a history of doping, yet very conveniently fail to mention notable American dopers such as Marion Jones, Antonio Pettigrew, Jud Logan, Bonnie Dasse, Justin Gatlin (who is being cheered on during this year’s Olympics despite being banned for 4-years for doping!!!) and many others who have been caught or have admitted to doping and have consequently been STRIPPED of their medals.

ZYNG43
3 years 9 months ago

Chinese SWIMMING. We are not talking about baseball and track. I don’t think anyone was doping (including Shiwen or Ledecky.) But you cant change the fact that China does in fact have a recent doping history. They should just not dissapear off the map as so many people have complained about. Everyone will just have to shut up after that. This is the olympics people. Amazing things happen. But yes Chinese swimming has a history of state sponsored doping.

BradJennings
3 years 9 months ago

It’s pretty obvious Ledecky is doped up to her eyeballs. Let’s face it, she’s a dope cheat. No one can achieve such an unbelievable and impossible result without doping. Have you seen her? She has linebacker shoulders and looks like she’s 35. And she came out of nowhere. She’s also losing her hair going bald, an obvious sign of extreme steroid use. Any time in history that someone has looked like Superwoman it’s turned out they were doping. Put her in a line-up with the East Germans from the 80’s and it’s impossible to tell them apart.

MarkB
3 years 9 months ago

Don’t know about the balding comment as Ye wears her hair down in front but your unbelievably hysterical post could have been about Ye, too. As you were creating this masterpiece, did that not pop into your head?

You troll!
3 years 9 months ago

You troll! You’re copying and pasting this stupid comment on every article about Ledecky. She has the same hairline she’s always had (see 2007 pic w/ Phelps from TODAY), and she doesn’t look like a linebacker (she’s a skinny Ginny).

You troll!
3 years 9 months ago

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StuartC
3 years 9 months ago

Most of you are missing the point that the time the swimmer does is irrelevant! What you need to look at is the comparison btw male and female times. Ledecky’s time and finishing split is not even close to the top 8 men in 1500 (from heats) or even on the way in the middle of 1500 at 800 mark, while Ye has a split that is equivalent to the fastest male athlete who won gold. Faster than Lochte, faster than Phelps!! Faster than the top 8 males, except one!

This has NEVER been accomplished EVER!!, so it immediately arouses suspicion. Then one needs to look at the culture of China and it it’s record (see my previous blogs)!!

5 chinese women banned LAST year for using EPO and masking agents. That’s 2011!! AND they were all 14, 15 and 16!! Where does a 14 year old get naturally occurring EPO from! It has to be scientifically done!!! One athlete 5 months ago was banned!!. That’s 2012!!

In 1990’s they had over 50 athletes banned but worse it was govt sponsored at the highest level. 2008, there was suspicion that Chinese faked ages of gymnasts and passsport photos and links to their ages from previous meets were deleted off Chinese websites. One of the countries that just had athletes thrown was China again for intentionally throwing badminton matches! Do you think that was the athletes idea?!! Chinese athletes would be too scared to come up with that idea on their own and actually carry it out!! It of course came from coaches!! The only other country with state sponsored cheating was East Germany and they also got caught! Many of those scientists showed up in China in 1990s. Where are they now?! Who knows!! Therefore China needs to go even further and test their athletes every month and open up their training facilities to FINA and reporters before the olympics – maybe even have other countries be involved in testing their athletes.

It is up to China to work harder to prove their swimmers are now clean – which they haven’t done!!

FYI: There is a big gap from April to July for Ye on Chinese site AND. No tests on file for FINA after Feb 2012! FINA also has to wake up and test athletes more regularly and consistently! Why is it that btw Feb 2012 and July 2012, Ye wasn’t tested. Not just Ye, but lots of other athletes from all different countries! There are HUGE gaps of time with no testing!! Most likely by the time swimmers arrive at Olympics, they have ceased to use any performing enhancing drugs. The problem is that the tests performed are not sensitive enough yet to pick up nanomolar ranges in blood. BUT, technology always improves and with urine and blood samples stored for 8 years we WILL see some athletes stripped of their medals – not just swimmers!

Andrew
3 years 9 months ago

This has NEVER been accomplished EVER!!

It has been accomplished, see Rebecca Adlington’s finishing split in the 800m last year, faster than most male counterparts.

Buckus Toothnail
3 years 9 months ago

Is Katie Ledecky doping? How is it possible that a 15 year-old is able to shave over 21 seconds off her personal best in the past year, and 5 seconds from her personal best which she set just a MONTH ago at the US Olympic Trials?

Surely she must be doping to achieve these kind of results.

In comparison, Ye Shiwen was able to shave off 5 seconds from her personal best that she set TWO years ago.

Ye Shiwen was also the 200 meter IM world champion from 2011 and placed 2nd in the 400 meter IM at the 2010 World Championships.

No one had heard of Ledecky until the US Olympic Trials a month ago as she had never even swam at a major competition before. And she goes from virtual unknown to winning Olympic gold and smashing the textile world record in just a month?

Sadly with how sophisticated doping techniques are, it’s doubtful she’ll be caught, at least for now. The dopers are always ahead of the testers. If there was genetic manipulation involved, it’ll become even more difficult.

Since the IOC keeps samples for 8 years, hopefully by that time the testing methods will be sophisticated enough to confirm her doping. Until then, all we can say is Olympic champion, textile world record holder and watch out for history.

ZYNG43
3 years 9 months ago

if sun yang doesnt outsplit ledecky, then ill agree with you.

ZYNG43
3 years 9 months ago

I dont think alot of these people actually wouldve said anything about ledecky doping. It’s just because of all the Shiwen hype, and people are trying to make that backfire at accusers. this is all dumb

Eddie
3 years 9 months ago

Chinese swimmer Li Zhesi was caught using EPO earlier this year. She was caught by the Chinese Anti-Doping Agency. China has cleaned up their act considerably these last few years – many of you are still using stereotypes from the 90s. if you don’t have all the facts, don’t make false accusations.

@StuartC – Name the 5 Chinese swimmers who were banned using EPO last year.

@ZYNG43 – It’s not stupid, it’s called hypocrisy. It’s also not about outsplits, it’s overall time, which Lochte was considerably faster than Ye.

3 years 9 months ago

I never said it was JUST about outsplits. But some people believe that.

Eddie
3 years 9 months ago

From another site:
http://www.mmo-champion.com/threads/1170465-Olympic-doping-scandal-over-Chinese-swimmer-grows?p=17817794&viewfull=1#post17817794

Stephanie Rice
Worlds 2007 4:41.19
Heat 2008 4:35.11
Improvement in a Year 0:06.08
Final 2008 4:29.45 WR
Improvement in Olympics 0:05.66

Ye Shiwen 2012
Worlds 2011 4:35.15
Heat 2012 4:31.73
Improvement in a Year 0:03.42
Final 2012 4:28.43 WR
Improvement in Olympics 0:03.30

So her OVERALL improvement is not that as drastic as Stephanie Rice’s improvement from pre-Beijing and during the Olympics. (0:06.72 vs 0:11.74) Also due to her age she has GROWN during that time to allow for larger strokes, which would lead to a faster time (as well as her technique improving)

Source of the Splits for the final 50m of the male and female 400m Individual Medley (Should be at male times, females you need to scroll up)
Ye Shiwen 2012 29.10
Michael Phelps 2008 (1) 27.85WR
Laszola Cseh 2008 (2) 28.48
Ryan Lochte 2008 (3) 30.16
Alessio Boggiatto 2008 (4) 29.15
Stephanie Rice 2008 (1) 30.53
Kirsty Coventry 2008 (2) 30.10
Katie Hoff 2008 (3) 30.93
Alessia Filippi 2008 (5) 29.64

Also, China is compliant with ADAM:

http://media.triathlon.org/news/article/china_anti-doping_agency_completes_adams_implementation/

3 years 9 months ago

Some will argue that Rices drops were during the suit era… Ye had been a 4:33 before last years worlds I think. It took longer for some swimmers to improve off their suit swims than others though. That could explain why she went 4:33-35-28

Buckus Toothnail
3 years 9 months ago

Wow, what an absolute shameless diatribe of lies and excuses.

Ladecky shaved over 21 seconds off her personal best in the past year, and 5 seconds from her personal best which she set just a MONTH ago at the US Olympic Trials. If we go back to 2010, she’s shaved off over FORTY seconds off her personal best!

In comparison, Ye Shiwen was able to shave off 5 seconds from her personal best that she set TWO years ago. But that amount of difference was enough to get the Americans screaming “drug cheat!”

How do these American “experts” reconcile a 40 second improvement in 2 years, of which would the equivalent of 20 seconds in Ye’s 400 meter event? Now THAT is an “unbelievable” and “impossible” result if I’ve ever seen one.

Ye Shiwen was also the 200 meter IM world champion from 2011 and placed 2nd in the 400 meter IM at the 2010 World Championships.

No one had heard of Ledecky until the US Olympic Trials a month ago as she had never even swam at a major competition before. And she goes from being a virtual unknown coming out of nowhere to WINNING Olympic GOLD and SMASHING the textile world record in just a month?

Anyone trying to sell you that this is something “absolutely normal” is full of it.

And she DESTROYED Janet Evans’s 23 year-old record??? Far better natural American swimmers with better techniques, body shape, experience, discipline, coaching and training have made it their life’s mission to break that record and couldn’t do it, and this roided out 15-year old monstrosity with no major swim competition experience behind her can??!

There’s definitely something not right about this. Just look at her physically. How can you tell her from the East German monstrosities of the 80’s? (And yes, the East German doping program lasted WELL into the 80’s, anyone arguing otherwise has ZERO clue).

She’s got shoulders like a linebacker in the NFL, her face looks like she’s 35, not fifteen, and she’s losing a ton of hair going bald, which is an extreme tell-tale sign of serious steroid abuse.

Compare her to Ye who looks like a normal 16 year-old world class swimmer, not a middle-aged former NFL football player with male pattern baldness issues.

Another blatant lie is this ridiculous claim that “Ye “is 5′ 6″ and weighs 140. She appears to have reached her full adult height in 2010.”

For one, Ye is 5’8″ and she weighs 141 lbs. So you are wrong on both accounts. But moreso, the claim that “she appears to have reached her full adult height in 2010” is totally preposterous. In fact, in those two years, she grew by 12 centimeters or almost 5 inches!

But of course this growth which corresponds to the natural lowering of her personal best times doesn’t fit within your “narrative” of Ye’s supposedly “anomalous” results so of course you needed to lie and make up assertions what just weren’t true.

Further more, 100 meter breaststroke champion Ruta Meilutyte is the EXACT height and weight as Ye, and ONE year YOUNGER. Don’t try to make it out that Ye has some unique and unusual body type and weight ratio for a world-class swimmer.

If there is one freak of natural here that’s most likely doped up to the gills or genetically modified to the core, it’s Ladecky.

How many years do you think it’ll take the anti-doping community to figure out what the Ladecky and the US coaches have done? You think it’ll be longer than 8 years? Hopefully the statue of limitations won’t have run out by then.

It’s not unlikely that the US will get away with it as they probably have for the past three Olympics, but the real proof in the puddle is how long Ladecky can continue competing on her career. My guess is Rio is the final stop of the voyage, anything beyond that and her heart is going to give out.

Brian
3 years 9 months ago

Hah, you’re the real pot calling the kettle black. You have the most ad-hominem and strawman arguments that I’ve ever seen in one post. Congratulations.

The point to blow away all of your “speculations” – While Ledecky had a great time, compare her splits to Yang. Not even close. Her splits don’t even match up to Chad LaTourette, who wasn’t even close to making it onto the team this year.

Ye, however, out split Lochte, Phelps, and everyone in the men’s 400 IM.

Come back when you’re ready to grow up and argue valid points.

Buckus Toothnail
3 years 9 months ago

“Ye, however, out split Lochte, Phelps, and everyone in the men’s 400 IM.”

What a bald-faced lie. Ye didn’t “out split” ANY of the men in the 100m freestyle.

Not only was Lochte faster in the final 100 meters freestyle, he beat Ye’s time in the 400m IM by 23 seconds!

Now if you’re cherry-picking your data to refer to just the final 50 meters, you’d still be WRONG!

Far from out-spliting “everyone in the men’s 400 IM”, there were FOUR swimmers that were faster than Ye in the final 50 meters, INCLUDING Phelps.

Even Reven Rebecca Adlington had a faster last final 50 meters than both Ye AND Lockte in the 2011 World Championships and she swam 800 meters!

Epic fail by “Brian”….what a joke. Do some research and fact-checking before you embarrass yourself again.

Brian
3 years 9 months ago

Her 100m Free split at the end of the 400 IM was faster…look again.

Brian
3 years 9 months ago

Oops. So I exaggerated on Lochte – I was off by 0.03. Sue me. She was right on par with Lochte, and Phelps was only a shade faster.

Well, the course of history will determine who’s right, and who’s wrong.

By the way, capitalizing your letters makes you look stupid. You can make your point easily enough without them.

But if you’re going to be naive enough to defend Ye until your dying day, then likewise, you better give Ledecky the benefit of the doubt.

Otherwise you’re the same hypocrite that you accuse others of being. You’re accusing X while defending Y of cheating, despite evidence in that sports’ national team’s governing body to the contrary, while saying that those accusing Y and defending X have no reason to do so.

Anyways, quit trying to throw off suspicion at Ye while accusing others of possibly doping. If you’re going to to be an asshole, at least be one with undeniable facts, not strawman arguments.

You know why Ye had suspicion? Because China has a history of doping. Period. Schubert was suspicious at the 08 games because China had the habit of vanishing between Olympic Years. I guarantee there will be zero record of Ye anywhere before 2008. Where was she in 2008, and 2009, I ask?

Granted, the same can be asked of Ledecky. But you’ll find it much easier to get answers from a country that’s not cloaked in secrecy.

Buckus Toothnail
3 years 9 months ago

“Oops. So I exaggerated on Lochte – I was off by 0.03. Sue me.”

That’s right, you were WRONG. Nice attempt at trying to weasel your way out of it.

“But if you’re going to be naive enough to defend Ye until your dying day, then likewise, you better give Ledecky the benefit of the doubt.”

Finally you get the irony. There might be hope for you yet. MAYBE.

“I guarantee there will be zero record of Ye anywhere before 2008. Where was she in 2008, and 2009, I ask?”

Or maybe NOT. Wow, you really are retarded. Ye was 12 years-old in 2008. Nice try, dumbass.

Where was Ledecky in 2008? Or the better question would be, where was Ledecky before the US Olympic Trials a month ago?

Oh that’s right, Ledecky hadn’t competed in a major competition before that, let alone an INTERNATIONAL meet.

Ye? Oh, she was just the WORLD CHAMPION in the 200m IM in 2011 and placed SECOND in the 400m IM at the World Championships in 2010. Yeah, China was really “vanishing between Olympic Years”.

Man, you’re just flat out embarrassing yourself now.

“You know why Ye had suspicion? Because China has a history of doping.”

Oh, and I guess no athlete in the history of the US has ever doped. Wait, why is it then that the ONLY swimmer competing at the London Olympics that is a PROVEN doping cheat from the US?

How shameful is it that the United States Olympic Committee allowed a proven doper, Jessica Hardy who was busted for testing positive for a banned performance enhancer during the US Olympic Trials in 2008, to be on the US Olympic team, especially considering most countries have now adopted a ZERO-TOLERANCE policy including China.

But this isn’t entirely surprising when you consider the USOC has willingly allowed MORE DRUG CHEATS on its Olympic team than any other country in the world.

The USOC has a long history of covering up doping of American athletes so much so that it could be considered state-sponsored, including 114 positive doping tests between 1988 and 2000. This includes failed performance-enhancing drug tests of 19 American Olympic medalists that should have not been allowed to compete at the Games.

Among these are THREE failed doping tests of Carl Lewis at the US Olympic Trials prior to the 1988 Olympics. Under international rules of the time, this should have gotten him kicked off the US team and yet the USOC covered up these failed drug tests so that Lewis could compete. Carl Lewis has since openly admitted to using PEDs during his career.

In fact, the US has MORE athletes that have tested POSITIVE for doping at the Olympics than any other country in the history of the games. This includes dwarfing the number of Chinese athletes by more than a raio of 10:1.

So good one “Brian”! Under your “logic”, we have more reason than ever to be suspicious of Ledecky!

Can’t wait for your next underwhelming, erroneous and straight-up embarrassing reply.

Brian
3 years 9 months ago

I admitted I was wrong on that part. I’ll leave you to stew in your parent’s basement. You obviously have nothing better to do than overcompensate for other inadequacies.

Name call all you would like :). All it does it prove your IQ doesn’t surpass that of an elementary school level, maybe high school at best.

John Sampson
3 years 9 months ago

These comments are quite disgusting. What 15/16 would take drugs? Some people are just jealous they didn’t have the same success in their own career. I say we all just tip our hats to the future of swimming! Bravo ladies you have done nothing wrong!

hschler
3 years 9 months ago

I too am sitting here thinking, what parent or coach of a CHILD that young would want success badly enough to allow that child to take steroids? I know there are some crazy swim parents out there that do some incredibly nutty things, but after meeting Ledecky and talking with her, I just can’t imagine the things you are asserting being true. I did watch her work and work and work while she was at training camp. If that is any indication as to her work ethic, the time drops mentioned along with the adrenalin of the situation are totally NOT out of the realm of possibility.

I applaud her and her coach for their incredible accomplishment and hope that others will do the same.

3 years 9 months ago

hschler – I think a vast majority of the accusations against Katie are passive-aggressive backlash over some of what had been said about Shiwen Ye. Many would make the same arguments about Ye.

It’s unfortunate that a couple of talented teenagers have been caught up in this firestorm.

Bobby
3 years 9 months ago

I agree. I was at the Tennessee training camp media day and witnessed Katie’s great work ethic. She was swimming fast and was last one out of water. Very impressed with this youngster, can’t wait for the future! Seems like a genuinely great kid too!

carlo
3 years 9 months ago

i,m suspicious of ledescky. Dropping 39 seconds in 2 years is just not done. She also looks out of place. She,s going bald, her voice is a little deep, she looks about 35, and she has vey broad shoulders. She also came out of nowhere. When i was watching both her and ye shiwen i couldn,t help but notice the physical differences. Ye shiwen keeps her short but she looks her age she has a femininly high voice, she has moderately broad shoulders and she is smaller. She reminds me a bit of janet evans. Ye shiwen also won the 200 im world title in 2011 while ledescky came out of nowhere.

carlo
3 years 9 months ago

i meant ye shiwen keeps her hair short but she looks her age sorry. Ledecky also has very broad shoulders. Sorry 4 the spelling mistake.

carlo
3 years 9 months ago

i think brian has a low iq

Bossanova
3 years 9 months ago

I know you guys are trying to make a satirical point, but saying Ledecky has a receding hairline is a pretty low blow. Insulting a 15 year old girl on the internet is a pretty low blow and those of you that made those comments should be ashamed.

carlo
3 years 9 months ago

i was looking at a photograph of ledecky from about 2 year ago(2010) and noticed that she looks a lot different than how she looks now. She just seem different and off especially the balding hairline which wasn,t there 2 years ago. Also she has a deep voice which is strange. John leonard was bashing ye shiwen based on her performances. I wonder what his thoughts are concerning ledecky. Anyway congrats to the us ,china,russia and britain for their great performances on the medals table. Congrats to other nations too.

Laurie
3 years 9 months ago

i think the suspicions about Ledecky are ridiculous. She won quite a few grand pix events this yr, and I did some research and she has only lost the 800 like 3 time in her LIFE… She hasn’t lost an 800 like the last 2 years. She’s a pure racer and gets in there and goes. Can’t wait for her future.

carlo
3 years 9 months ago

laurie- i think katie ledecky,s swims are suspicious. How can a supposed 15 year old (who looks a lot older) drop 39 seconds in 2 years and 5 seconds in 1 month.

laurie
3 years 9 months ago

i think it is very common in girls that age. ledecky probably gained some strength and was able to train harder. ziegler and hoff had massive time drops at that age too. 13-18 yr old is when most girls drop chunks of time consistently. also the 800 is a longer event so more time can be dropped. just my opinion, based on some research i did right after the race. ledecky is being accused because she dropped time, but really most people drop time at her age consistently…ledecky just happened to do it at the olympics

carlo
3 years 9 months ago

i,m american and i assume you are an american too hence the defence of ledecky. I think her time drops are too steep. 39 seconds in 2 years and about 11 seconds this year alone. Anyway what do you think of john leonard,s accusation of ye shiwen. John leonard is a fellow american who accused ye shiwen( who is chinese) of doping. Ye shiwen dropped 5 seconds in 2 years. He didn,t accuse our own female 4×100 relay team of doping after they broke a 20 year old world record at the london olympics. Also look ath the physical differences between ye shiwen and katie ledecky. Ledecky looks a lot more manish. She also looks old for her age yet john leonard didn,t comment on her unusual look.

Laurie
3 years 9 months ago

I’m American too. I don’t think anybody should accuse anybody because I believe these 2 just happened to have phenomenal swims at the highest meet possible. I think Ledecky got in her groove this year or last 2 years. She has actually been on my radar for a year and a half since her great performance at 2011 summer jr nats. In fact, she would have gotten 1st or 2nd I believe if she went to sr nats. I don’t think Ledecky looks unusual. She is a young girl just growing into her body…reminds me a bit of phelps in 2000… Remember those ears! I think Leonard is eating his words now…since the Americans performed extraordinarily esp. the young Ledecky, Franklin, beisel trio. Whatever, I think we all need to move on from the doping…let’s wait to see what kinds of things these kids do in the future…

carlo
3 years 9 months ago

i,m a fan of swimming and some chinese swimmers have been on my radar for about 2 years now starting from the 2010 asian games. Some performed well ( some exeeded expectations) while others were subpar at the london olympics despite showing promise. Ye shiwen exceeded my expectations, back in 2010 she was a lot shorter than she is now. She was about 5,3 now she,s 5,8 in height. A friend of mine who is chinese watched her in guanghou and told me to look out for her at the shanghai world championships in 2011. I watched her race at the meet, it was the 200 meters im. She was phenomenal there but she was a bit slower at the 400 meters im even though her finishing freestyle was fast. She exceeded my expectations in london but i think she still has to work on her butterfly and breaststroke. If she can work on those 2 strokes, she may be able to win a lot of individual medals like michael phelps. The only problem she may have is in the relays. The chinese women dont have the dept of the americans or the australians and this may hurt her chances of winning gold medals in the relays altough there are other swimmers comming through the ranks so a lot can change in 4 years time. Sun yang performed well as i expected but i,m also looking at some other youngsters like wang shun and zhang fenglin. Wang shun swam the 7th ranked 200 free in 2011he also finished 4th in london. He broke the asian record in the 400 im at 4:11 and he is only 17 years old. Xin xin is 16 years old and she is a relative newcomer to the chinese team. She swims the 1500 free just like ledecky, i,m looking out for her too.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly.As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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