Swimming: China's Ye Shiwen blames growth spurt for poor form
BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese swimming phenomenon Ye Shiwen has "woken from a nightmare" after a growth spurt and sleepless nights due to worry prompted a dramatic loss of form, a report said.
Ye, 17, who won two individual medley gold medals at the London Olympics, told Xinhua news agency she was now back on track after a "terrible" world championships this year.
Olympic champion Ye finished fourth in the 200m individual medley at Barcelona and seventh in the 400m race - more than 10 seconds slower than her world record set in London.
"My form is not as good as 2012. Maybe one of the reasons is that I put on some weight and got heavier in the water," she told Xinhua. "I am right in the middle of body development and almost 5kg heavier than I was in 2012."