China slams Ye drug claims

Aug 01, 2012, 08:24 IST | AFP

China hit back at doping claims concerning their star swimmer Ye Shiwen yesterday

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.”

Ye Shiwen

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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