This definitely did not sit well when we watched the event. Can she really beat Ryan Lochte’s time (without doping)?
According to sports.yahoo.com, we weren’t the only ones talking. The entire Olympic swimming community is speaking too.
Shiwen smashed the world record in the women’s 400-meter IM and took gold Saturday night, torching the final 100 meters in the event and coming from behind to beat U.S. 400 IM champion Elizabeth Beisel. Shiwen shaved more than a second off Australian Stephanie Rice’s world record in her win, finishing at 4:28.43. But it was her final 100 meters – the freestyle leg of the event – that raised eyebrows. Not only did Shiwen go virtually stroke-for-stroke with Lochte – who had won gold in the men’s 400 IM earlier in the night – she beat Lochte in the final 50 meters.
“We were all talking about that at dinner last night,” Lochte said. “It was pretty impressive. And it was a female. She’s fast. If she was there with me, I don’t know, she might have beat me.”
Added U.S. men’s swimming coach Gregg Troy, “Heck of a swim. You notice stuff like that… You guys can do the research. I think that’s probably the fastest women’s split ever.”
While China is not alone amongst doping scandals, the country has been embarrassed by major documented revelations in the 1980s and 1990s. The doctor heading the Chinese Olympic team during many of those scandals, Chen Zhanghao, recently defended his country’s actions, calling doping “widespread” during previous decades.