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Ye Shiwen: Rio will probably be my last Olympics

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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.

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Ye Shiwen looks Rio bound after Chinese Nationals comeback

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Ye Shiwen, who broke a world record and swept the 2012 Olympic individual medleys at age 16, appears to have earned a place in Rio by winning the 200m individual medley at the Chinese Championships on Wednesday.

Ye clocked 2:12.02 in the final after posting the fastest prelim and joint-fastest semifinal times. That time would have placed eighth at the 2015 World Championships, which is exactly where Ye finished at that global meet (but in a slower time).

She made up for a disappointing seventh-place finish in the 400m individual medley in 4:50.74 on Sunday, reportedly slowed by a stomach illness.

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 in August.

Ye’s times this week were well off her world record 4:28.43 and Olympic record 2:07.57 from the London Games finals.

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Ye Shiwen struggles at Chinese Championships, Olympics in doubt

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Ye Shiwen, who broke a world record and swept the 2012 Olympic individual medleys at age 16, is in danger of not making China’s team for Rio after a seventh-place 400m IM finish at the Chinese Championships on Sunday.

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 in August.

At the Chinese Nationals, which serve as an Olympic trials according to swimming media, she clocked 4:44.17 to lead all times in the preliminary heats but fell to 4:50.74 in the final.

Both times were well off her world record of 4:28.43 in the Olympic final, when she swam the final 50 meters faster than Ryan Lochte did to win the men’s 400m IM in London.

Not only that, Ye was faster at age 13 than she was in Sunday’s final, according to Swimvortex.com.

China could put Ye on its Rio team regardless of Olympic trials results, but keep in mind only two swimmers per nation are allowed in individual Olympic events.

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