Updated: 31/07/2012 14:17 | By pa.press.net

Chinese swimmer 'judgment' warning



Teenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkably

Teenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkably

A senior figure in the London 2012 Games has warned against "irresponsible" and "destructive" judgment of the Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen after a leading coach described her world-record breaking race as "disturbing".

Duncan Goodhew, Olympic Village Deputy Mayor, and a gold medallist in the men's 100 metres breaststroke in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, said competitors were innocent until proven guilty - and that there were always "incredible improvements" in performance at large sporting events such as the Olympic Games.

"There are always incredible improvements in any large sporting event such as the Olympic Games, and of course, in terms of that, innocent until proven guilty," he told ITV Daybreak. "I think it is very destructive and very irresponsible of anybody to accuse people until they are proven guilty."

His remarks were made following rumblings over the remarkable performance of 16-year-old Ye changed to overt suspicion when American coach John Leonard described her world-record breaking race as "disturbing".

China's appalling past record for their swimmers failing doping tests has led to the inevitable suspicions over the teenager, who took five seconds off her personal best and more than a second off the world record in the 400m individual medley.

Ye Shiwen's swim was described as "insanely fast" by previous world record holder Steph Rice - indeed, in the final 50m, Ye swam faster than the men's champion Ryan Lochte.

Leonard, the executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, told the Guardian the performance was "disturbing" and "unbelievable".

He added: "We want to be very careful about calling it doping.

"The one thing I will say is that history in our sport will tell you that every time we see something, and I will put quotation marks around this, 'unbelievable', history shows us that it turns out later on there was doping involved.

"That last 100m was reminiscent of some old East German swimmers, for people who have been around a while. She looks like superwoman. Any time someone has looked like superwoman in the history of our sport they have later been found guilty of doping."

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31/07/2012 18:53
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Americans judge according their own standards. Wonder how many of the American record breakers used border line performance enhancing techniques / drugs? Was Lance A really clean? If Carl Lewis was and Michael Phelp is "super humans" why can't Ye be as well? Just because she is not American?
31/07/2012 19:18
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The only thing worse than a drug cheat, is an American sore loser.
31/07/2012 15:57
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America doesn't like anyone that is performing better than they do. That is FACT! I see it alot on the US news networks, they have big problems with anyone that out performs them because they really do believe they are better than everyone else... FACT!
31/07/2012 19:20
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suprised the yanks havent accused USAIN BOLT of taking drugs, considering he breaks world records every time he runs
31/07/2012 22:31
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Of course, no American has ever used drugs to win anything have they? Oh, sorry, they have haven't they? And we're not immune to drug cheats either, and we let them back into our team, even when they don't meet qualifying standards. So leave off this innocent child, and put your own houses in order, and just shut up!
31/07/2012 13:25
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When Usaine Bolt smashed the 100m record and stood far above the rest of the field, were we all shouting cheat or thinking he is on drugs???

It all sounds like sour grapes, the young girl did an amazing performance, blew the field away and smashed the world record. Good for her, Losers, suck it up!!!!

31/07/2012 09:46
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Thank goodness nobody accused Lochte! You wouldn't be able to move in the Aquatic Center for Litigation lawyers by now! Poor sportsmanship, well done to the girl! America put up or shut up!
31/07/2012 21:20
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The USA philosophy is :-  If you cant beat them, accuse them of cheating. They have done it twice in world bridge, once about UK, and then about Italy, who knocked spots off the Yanks for years. I would ask how Flo Jo managed to improve so much in Athletics, why did the Yanks not think that funny?
31/07/2012 21:46
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The only Gold Medal USA will win  and that is because every one will want them win is for MOANING.  Why can't they admit the better swimmer won.  It wont surprise me if they give her American Citizen Ship so she can compete for them in the next Olympics
31/07/2012 20:49
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A case of sour grapes perhaps? Jeez some people seriously like to hate
31/07/2012 18:25
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And anyway why dont you YANKS start moaning about the 15 year old Lithuanian girl who study in Plymouth, England and trains in the local pool? She won a Gold and she is only 15??? Is she drugged up??? I mean how did she win it and beat defending champions and record holders and at only 15???

Sore losers!!!

31/07/2012 13:27
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I wonder if Miss Ye wasn't representing China, would Leonard still say the same words? Such a judgment without any evidence was from an executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, in fact, is rather "disturbing" and "unbelievable"!

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To Glen all the Sevens.

mm We do not hate the Americans, we think there are a lot of very loud americans, a lot of brash americans, & a lot of really thick americans. Thats just the ones over here.  But Jealous (please note the "A")

Never!  We know you have earned the right to stand on your own two feet. We know that mostly your politicians cannot do this without putting their big feet in the wrong place.  We feel that if you want to act as Sheriff of the World, you can. But this is not Dodge City so we do not need you here.  We appreciate you probably cannot understand half of the Olympic events. Why would you need to? You got your own games, Netball for Men.  Rounders for Men, Rugby but with lots of padding just in case you fall over. You probably do have a manly game. Dont You? We taught you about politics, you sodded that up. We taught you about Law, how badly that went. We tried to teach you how to read & write, so thats possibly our fault that you cannot spell or talk properly.  Hate you of course not!  Pity maybe

31/07/2012 15:40
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John Leonard, executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, should be ashamed of himself for his comments ; they are hardly responsible for someone in his position. Clearly an apology in order.
31/07/2012 20:22
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Sorry losers USA!

It always has to be the bloody americans that moan!

Yankee loser coach John Leonard should get a life and pull the finger out of his arse!

Ye was Incredible for china!,Only thing we find disturbing is the yankee crying and moaning from the American camp!Who are very very bad losers!!!!!Get a life or go back home!

31/07/2012 11:11
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Everyone that is faster and better than Americans is always Disturbing to them as they think they are gods gift to everything and no one is better

 

This swimmer has more than likely trained very hard and is at optimum fitness on healthy foods instead

of Hamburgers like the Americans are addicted too

very irresponsible of the americans to throw these accusations around to a young 16 year old teenager

Jealousy comes to mind

you just have to live with it America and move on in life

31/07/2012 23:02
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americans are bad losers, they lack the grace to admit their short comings... leave this young person alone.
31/07/2012 10:50
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I think its wrong of the USA or anybody else to critisise this young girl without proof.

She has yet to be tested,so some dignified silence would be welcome.

31/07/2012 18:19
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This Girl won fair and square!! She is young bright and very talented. Yanks are sore losers!!!
31/07/2012 16:46
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lets all wait for the tests to be finalised before judging her
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Chinese swimmer 'judgment' warningA senior figure in the London 2012 Games has warned against "irresponsible" and "destructive" judgment of the Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen after a leading coach described her world-record breaking race as "disturbing".pa.press.net2012-07-31T14:17:472012-07-31T14:17:47Teenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyA senior figure in the London 2012 Games has warned against "irresponsible" and "destructive" judgment of the Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen after a leading coach described her world-record breaking race as "disturbing".Duncan Goodhew, Olympic Village Deputy Mayor, and a gold medallist in the men's 100 metres breaststroke in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, said competitors were innocent until proven guilty - and that there were always "incredible improvements" in performance at large sporting events such as the Olympic Games."There are always incredible improvements in any large sporting event such as the Olympic Games, and of course, in terms of that, innocent until proven guilty," he told ITV Daybreak. "I think it is very destructive and very irresponsible of anybody to accuse people until they are proven guilty."His remarks were made following rumblings over the remarkable performance of 16-year-old Ye changed to overt suspicion when American coach John Leonard described her world-record breaking race as "disturbing".China's appalling past record for their swimmers failing doping tests has led to the inevitable suspicions over the teenager, who took five seconds off her personal best and more than a second off the world record in the 400m individual medley.Ye Shiwen's swim was described as "insanely fast" by previous world record holder Steph Rice - indeed, in the final 50m, Ye swam faster than the men's champion Ryan Lochte.Leonard, the executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, told the Guardian the performance was "disturbing" and "unbelievable".He added: "We want to be very careful about calling it doping."The one thing I will say is that history in our sport will tell you that every time we see something, and I will put quotation marks around this, 'unbelievable', history shows us that it turns out later on there was doping involved."That last 100m was reminiscent of some old East German swimmers, for people who have been around a while. She looks like superwoman. Any time someone has looked like superwoman in the history of our sport they have later been found guilty of doping."seo_keywordsYe swimming row Tu8Teenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkablyTeenage swimmer Ye Shiwen has performed remarkably

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