Ye Shiwen, who broke a world record and swept the 2012 Olympic individual medleys at age 16, said the Rio Olympics will “probably” be her last Games, according to NBCOlympics.com.
Ye spoke through a translator to NBC Olympics swimming producer Rachel Lutz at a Chinese swim team camp in Norwalk, Conn., on Saturday.
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 last August.
She earned a place in Rio by winning the 200m individual medley at the Chinese Championships in April. Ye clocked 2:12.02, more than four seconds slower than her Olympic record.
Ye finished seventh in the Chinese Championships 400m individual medley, reportedly slowed by a stomach illness, swimming more than 22 seconds slower than her world record.
Despite the poor performance, Ye is entered in both IMs for Rio, according to Chinese reports Monday.Follow @nzaccardi