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Shiwen Ye of China celebrates with her gold medal during the Medal Ceremony for the Women's 400m Individual Medley on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 28, 2012
Shiwen Ye of China celebrates with her gold medal during the Medal Ceremony for the Women's 400m Individual Medley on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 28, 2012
Shiwen Ye of China celebrates with her gold medal during the Medal Ceremony for the Women's 400m Individual Medley on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 28, 2012
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: (From right) Shiwen Ye and Xuanxu Li of China react after Ye set a world record as she won the Final of the Women's 400m Individual Medley on Day One of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: (From right) Shiwen Ye and Xuanxu Li of China react after Ye set a world record as she won the Final of the Women's 400m Individual Medley on Day One of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Yuan Cao and Yanquan Zhang of China compete in the Men's Synchronised 10m Platform Diving on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Sun Yang of China competes in the Final of the Men's 200m Freestyle on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: (L-R) Chad Le Clos of South Africa, Tyler Clary (C) of the United States and Yin Chen of China compete in the first semifinal heat of the Men's 200m Butterfly on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Bronze medal winner Yujie Sun of China poses after the Women's Epee Individual Fencing Finals on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Ning Gao of Singapore returns the ball during his Men's Singles Table Tennis fourth round match against Wang Hao of China on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Ning Gao of Singapore returns the ball during his Men's Singles Table Tennis fourth round match against Wang Hao of China on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: (L-R) Yuan Cao and Yanquan Zhang of China celebrate with their gold medals during the medal cermony for the Men's Synchronised 10m Platform Diving on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: (L-R) Yuan Cao and Yanquan Zhang of China compete in the Men's Synchronised 10m Platform Diving on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Yuan Cao and Yanquan Zhang of China compete in the Men's Synchronised 10m Platform Diving on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: (L-R) Silver medalists German Sanchez Sanchez and Ivan Garcia Navarro of Mexico, gold medalists Yuan Cao and Yanquan Zhang of China and bronze medalists Nicholas Mccrory and David Boudia of the United States celebrate celebrate on the podium with their medals during the medal cermony for the Men's Synchronised 10m Platform Diving on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Ning Ding of China returns the ball during her Women's Singles Table Tennis fourth round match against Huajun Jiang of Hong Kong, China on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
Yuan Cao and Yanquan Zhang of China compete in the Men's Synchronised 10m Platform Diving
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: (L-R) Silver medalist Elizabeth Beisel of the United States, gold medalist Shiwen Ye of China and bronze medalist Xuanxu Li of China celebrate during the Medal Ceremony for the Women's 400m Individual Medley on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Ilona Burgrova #8 of Czech Republic shoots against Lijie Miao #8 of China during Women's Basketball on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on July 28, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
China fans cheers on their team at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Yao Jinnan of China practises on the Beam during training sessions for artistic gymnastics ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games
The Chinese Olympic gymnastic team pose for a photograph after a training session at Salto Gym in Lisburn, Co Antrim. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 18, 2012. Photo credit should read: Paul Faith/PA Wire.
Zhang Chenglong pictured at the Chinese Olympic training camp in Salto Gymnastics Club, Lisburn. The mens and ladies team will base themselves in Lisburn before they move to London to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games.
Youth Olympic Gold medalist Tan Sixin pictured at the Chinese Olympic training camp in Salto Gymnastics Club, Lisburn. The mens and ladies team will base themselves in Lisburn before they move to London to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games.
Chinese Olympic training camp in Salto Gymnastics Club, Lisburn. The mens and ladies team will base themselves in Lisburn before they move to London to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games.
Yan Mingyong pictured at the Chinese Olympic training camp in Salto Gymnastics Club, Lisburn. The mens and ladies team will base themselves in Lisburn before they move to London to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games.
Empty seats during the Egypt v New Zealand Group C match at Old Trafford, Manchester
Empty seats on Centre Court during Great Britain's Andy Murray's First Round match in the Men's Singles at the Olympic Tennis Venue, Wimbledon
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska plays in front of empty seats, during the First Round of the Women's Singles at the Olympic Tennis Venue, Wimbledon
Empty seats are seen during the Artistic Gymnastics team qualification at the North Greenwich Arena
Empty seats are seen during the artistic gymnastics team qualification at the North Greenwich Arena, London
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: The Olympic Rings are assembled during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Mark Cavendish crosses the finish line in the men's road race
Kazakhstan's Alexandr Vinolurov celebrates winning gold (centre) alongside second placed Rigoberto Uran and third placed Alexander Kristoff
Hannah Miley came fifth in the Women's 400m Individual Medley at the Aquatic Centre
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Performers dressed up as Queen Elizabeth II and James Bond parachute out of a helicopter above the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: (L-R) Norma Major, Gordon Brown and Chief Executive of LOCOG Paul Deighton during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Gary Connery and Mark Sutton parachute into the stadium as part of short James Bond film featuring Daniel Craig and The Queen during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Performers depict a scene of an ordinary family arriving home on a Saturday night during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: United States' fans celebrate the openning of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Trafalgar Square on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: British Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt (2L) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) is seen during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: People celebrate the openning of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Trafalgar Square on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: People celebrate the openning of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Trafalgar Square on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Rings representing both the Olympics and the Industrial Revolution are lit during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Rings representing both the Olympics and the Industrial Revolution are lit during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Rings representing both the Olympics and the Industrial Revolution are lit during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: The Red Arrows disappear over London ahead of the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Olympic Park on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Paul McCartney performs during the London Olympic Games 2012 Opening Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 27, 2012. See PA story OLYMPICS Ceremony. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Great Britain's Sir Chris Hoy carries the Union Flag during the London Olympic Games 2012 Opening Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 28, 2012. See PA story OLYMPICS Ceremony. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic holds his counties flag at the Opening Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 27, 2012. See PA story OLYMPICS Ceremony . Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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British Olympic hero Duncan Goodhew has warned against "destructive" judgment and speculation over the stunning performance by teenage Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen after a leading coach described her world-record breaking race as "disturbing".

Goodhew, Olympic Village Deputy Mayor, and a gold medallist in the men's 100 metres breaststroke in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, said competitors were innocent until proven guilty - and that there were always "incredible improvements" in performance at large sporting events such as the Olympic Games.

"There are always incredible improvements in any large sporting event such as the Olympic Games, and of course, in terms of that, innocent until proven guilty," he told ITV Daybreak.

"I think it is very destructive and very irresponsible of anybody to accuse people until they are proven guilty."

His remarks were made following rumblings over the remarkable performance of 16-year-old Ye Shiwen changed to overt suspicion when American coach John Leonard described her world-record breaking race as "disturbing".

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, told the Guardian 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.

"That last 100m was reminiscent of some old East German swimmers, for people who have been around a while. It was reminiscent of 400m individual medley by a young Irish woman in Atlanta."

That was a reference to Irish swimmer Michelle Smith who was banned for four years in 1998, two years after Atlanta, after testing positive for androstenedione.

Mr Leonard said: "She looks like superwoman. Any time someone has looked like superwoman in the history of our sport they have later been found guilty of doping."

Ye herself insists the team have nothing to hide, saying: "The Chinese team keep very firmly to the anti-doping policies, so there is absolutely no problem."

International Olympic Committee (IOC) medical commission chairman Arne Ljungqvist, a veteran anti-doping competitor, did not express any concerns when asked if he had any suspicions regarding the swimmers in London.

Mr Ljungqvist said: "I am pretty experienced in this matter, as you know, and have been at the Games since a long time and within anti-doping for 40 years.

"Should I have my suspicions I keep them for myself, first of all, and take any action, if so, in order to find out whether something is wrong or not.

"You ask me specifically about this particular swimming. I say no, I have not personally any reason other than to applaud what has happened, until I have further facts, if so."

The amazing improvement in performance will have alerted doping control officials however for target-testing.

London 2012's head of anti-doping Jonathan Harris confirmed: "Enhancements in performance is something we focus on so we target those athletes."

If China are unhappy about their new champion being the focus of any suspicion, they only have their own record to blame. During the 1990s, 40 Chinese swimmers tested positive for banned substances, and seven before the Beijing Games in 2008.

As recently as last month, 16-year-old world champion in the 4x100m medley Li Zhesi tested positive for the blood boosting drug EPO.

Ms Rice, from Australia, would not be drawn on whether she thought Ye Shiwen's performance was legitimate.

She said: "I have no idea. I mean, I wouldn't want to get into that at all, but a 58 is an insanely fast swim, but I know she's a good freestyle swimmer.

"I swam next to her at worlds in the 200 IM last year and she came home over the top of me in that freestyle leg and I'm not exactly a bad freestyler, so she's a gun in freestyle."

Meanwhile, Mr Harris revealed that cleaners and security staff in the Olympic Village had been briefed to report any evidence of doping by athletes, such as needles or discarded medication packets.

"If they should come across any practices of paraphernalia they would bring it to our attention," he said.

He added that the anti-doping effort was now heavily reliant on the use of intelligence with any new information discussed on a daily basis with the UK Anti-Doping body.



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