Teenage star Ye has been besieged by thinly-veiled allegations of doping since her world record-breaking victory in the 400m medley final, with top American coach John Leonard branding her performance “impossible.”
However China’s authorities went on the offensive at Ye’s critics yesterday, while a slew of Olympic swimming greats, coaches and officials also lined up in support of the 16-year-old sensation.
“The Chinese athletes, including the swimmers, have undergone nearly 100 drug tests since they arrived here,” Jiang Zhixue, the head of anti-doping at China’s General Administration of Sport, told Xinhua news agency.
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