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Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen shattered the world record in the women's 400-metre individual medley on Monday, a performance an American coach called "unbelievable."

 China's Ye Shiwen, 16, broke the world record set in Beijing in 2008 by more than a second. (Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)John Leonard, executive director of both the World Swimming Coaches Association and USA Swimming Coaches Association told the Guardian newspaper, "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."

But the International Olympic Committee has stood by Ye's side, saying her critics should "get real."

"These are world class athletes competing at the very highest level with records being broken all over the place," said IOC spokesman Mark Adams.

Ye started swimming when she was six and credits hard work for her success.

"I'm very lucky," she said. "Training is not very hard for me because I've been trained since childhood. We have a very good scientific-based training. That's why we're so good."

Ye, like every gold medalist at the London Games, will be tested for doping.

What do you think of Ye's record time in the pool? Do you think training, coaching and diet can account for her performance? Let us know.



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