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Olympics: Sun hits back at China 'doping' claims

Published on Aug 5, 2012 6:57 AM
China's Sun Yang poses on the podium with the gold medal after winning the men's 1500m freestyle final during the swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 4, 2012 in London. --PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Sun Yang hit out at critics suspicious of China's performances in the Olympic pool after his sensational world record to win the men's 1500m freestyle gold on Saturday.

Fingers have been pointing at China following 16-year-old Ye Shiwen's astonishing world record final split in the women's 400m medley on the opening night of the meet, which provoked a storm of speculation in the Western media.

Swimming's world governing body Fina said there was "no factual basis" for speculation Ye's Olympic medley double had been fuelled by banned drugs and that she had been tested on four occasions in the last 12 months.

Sun, 20, became irritated when he was questioned about China's performances at his post-final news conference.

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