Ye Shiwen Announces Intention To Race At The Paris 2024 Olympic Games

In a recent interview, Olympic gold medalist and former world record-holder Ye Shiwen revealed that she plans to swim until at least 2024 and will attempt to qualify for the Paris 2024 Games. Footage of the interview can be seen here on Sina Weibo. Chinese Swimming News and Results, a Twitter account dedicated to sharing news about Chinese Swimming, shared the story on May 12.

Shiwen also said in the interview that while she was originally planning on skipping the 2022 Asian Games this summer due to school commitments, the delay in the meet will allow her to participate. The Games were originally set to take place from September 10 – 25, 2022 in Hangzhou, China, but will now be held at a later date, to be announced.

Ye Shiwen had her first international breakout in 2010 when she raced her way to gold in the 200 and 400 IMs at the Asian Games with a 2:09.37 and 4:33.79, respectively. She followed that up the next year with a World Championships victory in the 200 IM (2:08.90).

The apex of her career thus far, however, came in 2012 when Shiwen became a double Olympic champion in her signature IM events. She delivered a 4:28.43 world-record-breaking swim in the 400 IM to beat out Elizabeth Beisel who placed second with a 4:31.27 and posted a 2:07.57 Olympic and Asian record in the 200 IM. Shiwen held on to that record for 4 years until Katinka Hosszu lowered it to a 4:26.36 at the Rio 2016 Games.

Shiwen returned to race at the 2016 Olympics but finished 8th in the 200 IM and 27th in the 400 IM. She had a bit of a comeback in 2019 when she took silver in both IM events to fellow Olympic Champion Katinka Hosszu.

Shiwen was a notable absence from the Chinese Olympic roster in 2021 after she missed the FINA A cuts at both qualification meets for the Games. Shiwen was also absent from the list of swimmers expected to race at the 2022 World Championships for China this summer, according to Chinese Swimming News and Results:

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Virtus
1 month ago

🐐🐐🐐🐐

Blake pierogi
1 month ago

Now she can be clowned on by summer

Last edited 1 month ago by Blake pierogi
SCCOACH
Reply to  Blake pierogi
1 month ago

And Blake Pierogi

Pacific Whirl
Reply to  Blake pierogi
1 month ago

How do you know that? More swimmers are yet to come. It’s not a two-person race at all.

Last edited 1 month ago by Pacific Whirl