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A former Chinese executive for Google has published the personal contact details of the US swimming coach John Leonard on a social networking site in retaliation for comments he made about a Chinese swimmer, according to media reports.
The head of the World Swimming Coaches Association, John Leonard, described Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen's Olympic performance as "suspicious" and compared it to previous cases of Chinese doping.
In retaliations, the former head of Google China, Kaifu Lee, wrote on a Chinese social networking site:
The comments were distributed to Mr Lee's 15 million followers and retweeted 14,000 times, prompting calls for Mr Leonard's email to be hacked and at least one death threat. Mr Lee has since apologised and removed the post.
Swimming's world governing body FINA have condemned the speculation surrounding Chinese swimming sensation Ye Shiwen.
The statement comes after British Olympic Association chairman Colin Moynihan and LOCOG chairman Seb Coe both came to the defence of the 16-year-old.
Chinese swimming sensation Ye Shiwen's success in the pool is "not unthinkable" and she should be given the benefit of the doubt, Lord Coe said today.
The 16-year-old's success has been marred by critics who expressed concern after she smashed her personal best and beat the world record during the 400m individual medley.
But today London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said his instinct was to "celebrate an extraordinary performance".
He said: "It is not the first time that teenagers have broken world records or won Olympic titles.
"You have got to be very careful when you suddenly assume that a massive and unexpected breakthrough in an event or a particular discipline is based on anything other than great coaching and extraordinary talent."
Young Mayor of the Olympic Village, Steven Cheung, has accused the US swim coach of suffering from a case of sour grapes after he accused China's Ye Shiwen of doping.
He told Daybreak: “This is about the Olympics, it’s bringing the best out of people. I think this is a case of bad sportsmanship and just acase of sour grapes.”
Ye Shiwen, the Chinese swimmer who has been subjected to allegations of doping, has won gold in the final of the women's 200m individual medley.
The 16 year old finished with a time of 2:07.57, setting a new Olympic record.
Team GB's Hannah Miley finished in seventh place.
Anti-doping chief Jian Zhixue says that it is "not proper" to single out Chinese swimmers for producing good performances, reports Xinhuanet.
Drugs cheats at London 2012 will be caught but athletes who put in world record-breaking performances should be given the benefit of the doubt, the Olympics' world body said today.
The International Olympics Committee (IOC) said critics concerned after 16-year-old Chinese Olympic swimmer Ye Shiwen took five seconds off her personal best and more than a second off the world record in the 400m individual medley should "get real".
"These are the world's best athletes competing at the very highest level," IOC communications director Mark Adams said.
"We have seen all sorts of records broken already all over the place."
His comments came after American coach John Leonard described Ye's performance as "disturbing".
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.
- 5,000 urine and blood samples will be collected from athletes
- Samples are taken before and after competition and takes place during the period between the opening of the Olympic village and the Games' closing ceremony
- Athletes are not told in advance that they have been selected for testing
- Samples are kept for up to eight years
Samples are tested at the anti-doping laboratory in Harlow, Essex, staffed by 1,000 people including 150 scientists.
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Chinese teenager Ye Shiwen defied the controversy surrounding her to claim her second Olympic title of the week last night.
Although Ye Shiwen has never failed a drugs test, China's previous record away from the pool means she will always be viewed with suspicion.