Katie Ledecky wins in Olympic Debut, Breaks Evans Record

  111 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
4 years 26 days ago

Amazing swim from Ledecky!

aswimfan
4 years 26 days ago

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

Jiggsar
4 years 26 days ago

Sub 2 first 200!

Suzzie2012
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days ago

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

Brian
4 years 26 days 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?
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days ago

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

what?
4 years 26 days ago
Brian
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days ago

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

Brian
4 years 25 days 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.

4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days ago

“Hey! I resemble that remark!”

-LeBron James

Jie
4 years 26 days ago

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

Brian
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days ago

lol

4 years 26 days ago

Hahahaha you just made that up. Troll

European
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days ago

America rules… Europe drools!!!!

Keith
4 years 26 days ago

John Leonard = Americans? Since when?

ATX
4 years 26 days ago

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

Ole 99
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days ago

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

beachmouse
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 25 days 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
4 years 25 days 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
4 years 26 days ago

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

beachmouse
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days ago

I doubt that.

Jcoach
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 25 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days ago

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

aswimfan
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 25 days 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
4 years 26 days ago

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

Philip Johnson
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 26 days ago

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

Walter
4 years 26 days ago

Yes, correct

Hmmm
4 years 26 days 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

4 years 26 days 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
4 years 24 days 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
4 years 26 days 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
4 years 25 days 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
4 years 25 days ago
Hmmm
4 years 24 days 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
4 years 25 days ago

She must be on drugs

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

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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