Shiwen YE

People's Republic of China CHN

Swimming

  • Olympic Medals
    2 G
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    London 2012
  • Year of Birth
    1996
Olympic Results

Biography

Shiwen YE

Swimming sensation Ye Shiwen made one of the biggest splashes of London 2012 when she set a new world record in the women’s 400m Individual Medley and an Olympic best in the 200m.

The 16-year-old from Hangzhou on China’s east coast knocked more than a second off Australian rival Stephanie Rice’s 400m winning time at Beijing in 2008 – and ended the Games having made her mark as a young swimmer of incredible talent, along with the USA’s Missy Franklin, 17, and 15-year-old Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania. But it was not Ye’s tender years or even her impressive speed that made headlines after her stunning performance in the Aquatics Centre – it was what happened in the final 100m of that race.

Trailing the then world champion Elizabeth Beisel by almost a second, Ye overhauled her American rival, swimming the final 50m in 29.25s – faster than Beisel’s training partner Ryan Lochte managed when he won the men’s 400m. It was a comparison the world’s media were swift to make, and served to highlight her extraordinary prowess in the pool – helped somewhat by a growth spurt of 12cm in the last two years and a perfect power-to-weight ratio. Ye’s time was seven seconds faster than the one she clocked at the 2011 World Championships.

Three days later she added the 200m Individual Medley gold to the 400m titlein an Olympic record time of 2min 7.57sec, the third fastest in history. Though she was third into the pool, her staggering freestyle performance in the final 50m once again blew away her rivals, stunning the 17,500 spectators packed into the Aquatics Centre venue.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
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Rio 2016

#8
200 metres Individual Medley
200 metres Individual Medley Swimming
#27
400 metres Individual Medley
400 metres Individual Medley Swimming
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

London 2012

G
400 metres Individual Medley
400 metres Individual Medley Swimming
G
200 metres Individual Medley
200 metres Individual Medley Swimming
#6
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming