Chinese teenage wonder Ye Shiwen ignored the doping controversy surrounding her to claim her second gold medal of the Olympics with victory in the 200m medley on Tuesday night.
Sixteen-year-old Ye, whose explosive win in the 400m medley in world record time last Saturday drew thinly veiled allegations of drug use, sealed the medley double with victory in 2m 07.57sec, a new Olympic record. World champion Ye pulled away in the closing stages to beat home Australian Alicia Coutts and American Caitlin Leverenz. She lit up the Olympics on Saturday after slicing five seconds off her personal best and taking more than a second off the world record to win gold in the 400m individual medley. Ye's stunning last 50 metres was faster than men's champion Ryan Lochte, a fact that has been seized upon by sceptics who point to the litany of drug scandals which dogged Chinese swimming through the 1990s. “I didn’t feel upset about what the media have been saying,” Ye said. “It just encouraged me to prove myself.”
Olympic swimming greats have lined up in support of besieged Chinese star after John Leonard, executive director of the World Swimming Coaches’ Association, raised his suspicions about the authenticity of her swims. FINA felt compelled to issue a statement on Wednesday about Ye, saying she has been tested four times in the past year, including twice before her country's Olympic trials.
Gyurta breaks 200m breaststroke record
Hungarian Daniel Gyurta won the men’s 200m breaststroke gold in a world record time of 2min 07.28sec. The two-time world and European champion broke the record of 2:07.31 set by Australian Christian Sprenger at the 2009 world championships in Rome.
Japan's Kosuke Kitajima, going for a third straight Olympic title, was shut out of the medals in fourth.