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Exhaustive sport science analysis of why swimmer Ye Shiwen raises suspicion This spells it out well:

But that's NOT the case here - Lochte is a good freestyle swimmer. An hour ago, he did a 47.74s 100m relay leg. It didn't win gold, but it's right up there, at most only a second off the very best on the day. Shiwen, on the other hand, is clearly an exceptional freestyle swimmer, but is not in their relay teams, and nor does she do any individual freestyle events, so she's not at the kind of level that would destroy world records (which is what it would need to be to make the comparison invalid). I'd argue that they're probably very similar, relative to their peers, at that stroke. So I think it is safe to say that at best, Shiwen may edge Lochte for relative strength in the event, but not by much, and so she is comparable to Lochte for the specific stroke. Therefore, a direct comparison between Lochte and Shiwen for the freestyle leg is not invalid - it can be made withou...

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