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China's Ye Shiwen breaks women's 400 IM world record

Ye Shiwen of China took another step in becoming a swimming superstar after breaking the women's 400-metre individual medley world record at the London Olympics on Saturday.
China's Ye Shiwen broke the women’s 400 individual medley world record on Saturday in London.

Ye Shiwen of China took another step in becoming a swimming superstar after breaking the women’s 400-metre individual medley world record en route to a gold medal at the London Olympics on Saturday.

The charging Ye came on in the second half of the race, clocking in a time of 4:28.43 — an amazing feat considering this wasn’t her best event. Ye eclipsed the world mark of 4:29.45 set by Australian Stephanie Rice in Beijing Olympics.

American Elizabeth Beisel, ahead for the first part of the event, earned silver in 4:31.27, and China’s Li Xuanxu placed third in 4:32.91.

Like Sun, the 16-year-old Ye has a chance to win another gold medal. She's a favourite to win the 200 IM, the event she upset the field on home soile at the 2011 world championships in Shanghai.

"This is a young girl that burst onto the scene last year. She didn’t know how to swim the 400 IM last year. Now she knows how to swim it and she broke the world record. She’ll break the world record in the 200 IM," predicted CBC Sports expert Byron MacDonald.

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