SO the first doping accusation in the London Olympics has kicked off with the sensational Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen. It makes me wonder if a non-Chinese (or just a non-Asian for that matter) swimmer had created the same magic in the pool that Saturday evening, would she be subjected to such heavy criticism. Really. But I can't blame those who doubted/ doubt Ye if you had seen her create that record.
|Ye Shiwen won with a time of 4:28.43|
Ye not only won gold in the women's 400m individual medley but she also smashed the world record by a second, her own personal best by five seconds, and swam the final 50m faster than both the American stars Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte had managed in the men's 400m individual medley. Now, that must be mind-boggling too - to have beaten two of world's best male swimmers in that final lap.
No wonder World Swimming Coaches Association executive director John Leonard labelled Ye's feat as 'unbelievable', you know, as in 'impossible', quite suspiciously. It's probably natural for a lot of people to suspect some kind of doping at this point + given China's track record with drugs in the swimming arena in the 1990s, it really doesn't help with the suspicion.
Then again, magic happens in every Olympic. Just look back. The International Olympic Committee says that Ye has passed the drug test after the medley. That should clear her and keep everyone happy. If Ye's been lucky, then remember, every magic comes with a price too ( to quote Rumpelstilskin from Once Upon a Time, I just love him too much). It may crop up later but for now, I think we should just appreciate this record-breaking performance in all its glory and look forward to more jaw-dropping feats by Ye.
Give her a break. She's 16. It's amazing what the human spirit is capable of at that age given the right coaching and direction + she must have it in her too and undeniably, there is something right in the Chinese system that is able to bring out such drive and discipline in their athletes.
Besides, there is nothing that the Chinese cannot do. Look around you. I'm pretty sure half the things you own have labels that say 'Made In China'. I'm not fond of every Chinese-made thing but some things are really okay.