Olympic organizers resolutely defended the teen.
“We need to get real here,” said International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams. “These are the world’s best athletes competing at the very highest level. We’ve seen all sorts of records broken already all over the place.”
Adams said the top five athletes in each event, plus two others, are tested as part of “a very, very strong drug-testing program, and we are very confident if there are cheats we will catch them.”
“We can’t stop speculation. It is inevitably a sad result of the fact that there are people who dope and who cheat,” Adams said.
“It’s very sad we can’t applaud a great performance. Let’s give the benefit of the doubt to the athletes.”
Julio Maglione, the president of swimming’s governing body, FINA, told The Associated Press that people are free to say “stupid things” if they want.
“It’s a big mistake,” Maglione said, dismissing Ye’s doubters as “crazy.”
He said FINA spends $1 million to drug test the top 30 swimmers in the world two or three times a year and the sport is “absolutely clean.” He said that he has absolutely no suspicions about Ye and that her critics are jealous because China is becoming a swimming power.
Ye is known for her large hands and feet, but otherwise she’s smaller than other swimmers at 5 feet 7 inches and 141 pounds.
“One of the interesting things about swimming is people don’t swim the same way,” said Bob Bowman, coach for U.S. star Michael Phelps. “They have to swim the way their body is made, so that’s what she’s doing. She’s taking advantage of her size.”
Of her swim on Saturday, he added: “The girl has good technique. She had an amazing last 100, but people do amazing things sometimes.”http://www.cbc.ca/olympics/aquatics/story/2012/07/31/sp-london-olympics-ye-shiwen-john-leonard-world-swimming-coaches-association.html