Swimmer's critics 'must get real'
Critics concerned over the world record-breaking performance of 16-year-old Chinese Olympic swimmer Ye Shiwen should "get real", the International Olympics Committee (IOC) has said.
Mark Adams, of the IOC, said London 2012 had a "very, very strong drug-testing programme" and added that any cheats would be caught.
But he said: "I think we need to get real here."
These are "the world's best athletes competing at the very highest level" and records are being broken "all over the place", he added. His comments came after American coach John Leonard described Ye's performance as "disturbing".
Mr Adams confirmed one athlete had been suspended, and another handed a temporary suspension, as a result of the testing programme. Some 1,706 tests have been carried out so far, including 1,344 urine tests and 362 blood tests.
Asked if he was disappointed that thoughts turned to doping whenever a world record was smashed, he added: "We can't stop speculation. It is inevitably a sad result of the fact that there are people who dope and who cheat. But I equally think it's very sad if we can't applaud a great performance. Let's always give the benefit of the doubt to athletes."
China's appalling past record for their swimmers failing doping tests has led to the inevitable suspicions over the teenager, who took five seconds off her personal best and more than a second off the world record in the 400m individual medley.
Ye Shiwen's swim was described as "insanely fast" by previous world record holder Steph Rice - indeed, in the final 50m, Ye swam faster than the men's champion Ryan Lochte.
Mr Leonard, the executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, said the performance was "disturbing" and "unbelievable". He added: "We want to be very careful about calling it doping. The one thing I will say is that history in our sport will tell you that every time we see something, and I will put quotation marks around this, 'unbelievable', history shows us that it turns out later on there was doping involved."
Ye herself insists the team has nothing to hide, saying: "The Chinese team keep very firmly to the anti-doping policies, so there is absolutely no problem."