Ye Shiwen has been announced as a headliner of the Chinese squad for the 6th edition of the East Asian Games, which are to be held from October 6th to 15th in China’s Tianjin province.
She will be joined by the likes of Jiao Liuyang on a swimming team that will compete at this quadrennial event that pits the best from the countries of East Asia and Guam.
Ye was the 2012 Olympic champion in both the 200 and 400 IM, the latter of which she broke a World Record in at only 16 years old. Her 2013 season has been notably less successful to date, including failing to win a single medal a the World Championships in late July.
Liuyang is another Olympic champion, having won the 200 fly in 2012,
The medal dominance at the swimming portion of this meet is typically divided between Japan and China. In 2009, for example, China won 48 total medals (20 gold) and Japan won 42 (19 gold). South Korea with 17, Hong Kong with 11, and Chinese Taipei with 2 split the rest.
Sun Yang, Chinese swimming’s biggest star, will not be at this meet,
Also expected to compete are Hong Kong, Guam, and Macau.
Japan has not released a roster for this year’s meet yet.