Chinese schoolgirl, Shiwen Ye turned a lot of heads (like, she really turned them – we’re talking a 360 degree head spin here) this week, as she smashed Stephanie Rice’s previous world record in the 400m individual medley. In fact, she swam so fast that her final freestyle lap was faster than the ultimate winner of the men’s race.
Her phenomenal win is already attracting speculation about whether Ye may have used performance enhancing drugs. As she claimed her second gold medal overnight in the 200m individual medley and another Olympic record – Ye’s father has hit back at his daughter’s critics.
Ye’s father said that he understood it was ‘normal for people to be suspicious’ of his daughter’s amazing performance but that the ‘western media has always been arrogant and suspicious of Chinese people.’ 16-year old Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen is being called the Teenage Torpedo after she broke the world record in the 400m individual medly.
16-year old Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen is being called the Teenage Torpedo after she broke the world record in the 400m individual medly.
She’s only 24 but after failing to medal in the 400m medley and in this morning’s 200m individual medley, Stephanie Rice says she’ll consider quitting the sport post-London. She said: “I love swimming and I love competing and representing Australia but if preparations are going to be like the one I just had, there is just no way in the world I can keep it up.”
Rice was beaten by 16-year-old Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen in this morning’s race – the same swimmer who beat her in the 400m medley.
In other news from that same race – Go, Alicia, go!!! Australia’s Alicia Coutts swam a personal best to win the silver medal in the 200m IM. She’s now won a gold, silver and a bronze at the London Games. Awesome.
Overnight, Australian Bronte Barratt won a bronze medal in the women’s 200m freestyle (hurrah!), James Magnussen qualified fastest for the 100m freestyle, Lleyton Hewitt advanced to the third round of the tennis and the Aussie men’s basketball team, the Boomers, lost to Spain.
We imagine the pool room at Buckingham Palace has some pretty fancy ornaments adorning its walls and now the Windsor’s shall add a silver medal to the collection.
Zara Phillips – grand daughter of Queen Elizabeth II – claimed silver overnight in the equestrian team eventing competition. The event had a seriously royal flavour with Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry all showing up to cheer Zara on.
Zara said of her team’s performance “It’s incredible. We’re really grateful to everyone who’ve come here to cheer us on.”
Olympians often talk about how important it is to be able to share their success and achievements with their supportive families – well Zara got to do just that and from the winner’s podium no less: her very own mum Princess Anne presented the medal.
They’re calling them the Twitter Olympics and this is one of the reasons why.
Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella has been sent home from the London Games because of a racist tweet sent out after Switzerland’s loss to South Korea. Following the incident, a Swiss official said: “Michel Morganella has discriminated against, insulted and violated the dignity of the South Korean football team, as well as the South Korean people.”
If you want to, you can read that tweet – which has now been deleted from Morganella’s account – here.
It’s Michelle Obama hugging the ENTIRE US Men’s basketball team after their match. Awwww.
What have you been watching during the Olympics?