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Ye Shiwen struggles at Chinese Championships, Olympics in doubt

Ye Shiwen

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 Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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Ye Shiwen, who broke a world record and swept the 2012 Olympic individual medleys at age 16, is in danger of not making China’s team for Rio after a seventh-place 400m IM finish at the Chinese Championships on Sunday.

Ye has struggled since she swam eye-popping times at the London Games. She placed eighth and 15th in the individual medleys at the World Championships in August.

At the Chinese Nationals, which serve as an Olympic trials according to swimming media, she clocked 4:44.17 to lead all times in the preliminary heats but fell to 4:50.74 in the final.

Both times were well off her world record of 4:28.43 in the Olympic final, when she swam the final 50 meters faster than Ryan Lochte did to win the men’s 400m IM in London.

Not only that, Ye was faster at age 13 than she was in Sunday’s final, according to

China could put Ye on its Rio team regardless of Olympic trials results, but keep in mind only two swimmers per nation are allowed in individual Olympic events.

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