SCAQ swimmer Charlie sent us this. :-D
When the Olympics have come and gone and the US Presidential election is over, people will look back at the London Games as a glorious event that featured lots of remarkable races with all the drama happening on field of play rather than in the stands.
However, the only black mark that will be remembered won't be Mitt Romney questioning London's security but rather the crass statements made by John Leonard that sparked ill feelings toward China and US swimmers. Despite the IOC, FINA, the USOC, and USA Swimming releasing statements distancing themselves from John Leonard, the damage had been done and the US was embarrassed.
In retaliation, Chinese nationals suddenly began pointing fingers at Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky calling each of them dopers - one of the accusers was even a doctor. Subsequently, sixteen-year-old Ledecky had to defend herself in a press conference post a gold medal finish and did Ye Shiwen. Both of them did not deserve that.
In closing, John Leonard made swimming look dirty and it appears he will suffer no consequence for it whatsoever.
BBC News takes a look at Yi Shewen:
The comparison with Lochte just isn't that telling. It's not the first time that Lochte has been slower than a woman over the last leg of that race. In Beijing in 2008 when he won bronze, he was slower than the Italian Alessia Fillipi - by more than half a second - and she only came fifth in her own race.
Lochte simply paced himself over the race very differently to Ye Shiwen. Dr Ross Tucker from the Sports Science Institute at the University of Cape Town warns against reading too much into the comparison with Lochte.
"Lochte didn't swim [the last leg] as fast as some of the other men in that same race. Ye's performance compared to the best men for that leg was maybe not that impressive," he says.
Tucker points out that Rebecca Adlington swam faster than both Lochte and Ye in the final leg of the 800m freestyle at the world championships last year.