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Ye Shiwen’s London Olympic Gold Questioned, Chinese Reactions

China's Ye Shiwen poses with her gold medal after winning the women's 200m individual medley final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre July 31, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

China's Ye Shiwen poses with her gold medal after winning the women's 200m individual medley final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre July 31, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

On Sina Weibo:

@东南快报: #London Olympics# Ye Shiwen: Definitely did not use drugs: Foreign journalists questioned intensely, “So did you use drugs or not?” Ye Shiwen: “Definitely not!” and asked back: “So many athletes from other countries have won the gold medal before without ever being suspected, why do I have to be questioned like this when I get one?” Sun Yang also strongly supported his fellow athlete, “The American team can win so many gold medals, why can’t China? If we were to go question the United States, how would they feel?”

Gold medalist Ye Shiwen of China with silver medalist Alicia Coutts (left) of Australia and bronze medalist Caitlin Leverenz of the U.S. (right) on the podium during the women's 200m individual medley victory ceremony at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Comments on Sina Weibo:

高大cute:

Haven’t there been more Americans banned for doping? Especially in track and field.

癫疯狂:

Ye Shiwen, jia you! China has the ability to be number one!!

于美梦:

Jealous, envious, and unhappy about it, why bother with them? As a Chinese person, there’s only one word for now: Bliss!

小老头er:

Ye Shiwen, well done! Truly giving face [a credit to] Chinese people, embarrassing foreigners. Ye Shiwen, be strong and don’t be afraid, you have strong support behind you, don’t pay any attention to the stinky farts those butts are letting out. China will not only be a powerful nation in sports, it will also be a powerful military and economic nation that sooner or later bring those discontented countries to their knees.

等美女的小帅哥:

This is what power is, it can’t be helped, foreigners are envious and jealous, we should be magnanimous. Chinese people too can have the extraordinary.

绣__:

This is definitely an example of being sore losers and we can completely understand their jealousy.

WeL_淑娟:

[怒][怒] Retarded idiotic foreign journalist. This is pure jealously, envy, and hatred.

无敌暴暴兔:

Watching the 400m race, I nearly cried from excitement, it was incredible. [赞]

永远i开心:

Are our athletes not given basic English trained when they go abroad? For example: fuck you, sob, shirt

听画看风:

Europeans have never been able to get away from racism, and when they talk about freedom and democracy it is even more laughable. When one is only democratic to oneself, that isn’t called “democratic”.

唯爱_the_Angel丶婷:

[怒]What basis do you guys have for accusing her, you guys should just apologize to Ye Shiwen. [哼]

快乐大本营贴吧:

Why can’t Chinese people get gold medals in swimming? Why can’t Chinese people break Olympic and World records? This kind of questioning others and giving them grief for getting the gold medal by certain foreign media, just what kind of mentality do they have? Chinese people are no inferior to foreigners!

搁浅半月礁:

Actually, its the journalist who has been doping too much.

潘璟婷__:

Exactly! When Phelps took eight gold medals that year, how come you guys didn’t go say he was doping?!!

葵梓阳_Suk:

“>I extremely despise those people who are always skeptical of our countrymen. [鄙视][鄙视] It’s obvious they look down on China. Why are people abroad so impolite these days?

但丁等龙宝龙年抱龙专:

I really want to slap those two foreign journalists, the tone of their questioning and suspicions are filled with arrogance and prejudice. Little Ye is too young and honest. If it were someone with a more volatile personality who was responding, they’d choke those two stupid idiots until they wouldn’t dare show their face. Having successively won two gold medals and successively broken the World and Olympic records, how infuriating! [挖鼻屎]

Helen_Ma的小窝:

Those foreign dogs, that’s how they are, ignore them, continue jia you, let actions speak for themselves. [哈哈]

Cjy_陳健瑩:

[哈哈] Foreigners sure are slow in evolving, do they still think Chinese people are the Sick Man of Asia?

Gherish萍萍90后:

Only one thing to say: If you can’t bear to lose, then don’t compete. Slandering other people will only make yourself even more shameful.

窝要做后妈:

The truth/facts have already been established, why haven’t they apologized? Apologize! Apologize! Apologize! Apologize! Apologize!

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has already tested and cleared Ye Shiwen.

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What do you think?

China's Ye Shiwen (L) stands with her gold medal on the podium, next to bronze medallist Caitlin Leverenz of the U.S., during the women's 200m individual medley victory ceremony at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre July 31, 2012.    REUTERS/David Gray

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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