Records continue to tumble as China makes more waves at the Aquatics Centre

 

Two more world records, a fingernail finish to the men's 100m freestyle, another is-she-isn't-she sighting of Ye Shiwen and at last some encouragement for the home nation were corralled together to create another rousing evening's entertainment in the Aquatics Centre.

There was also more Chinese gold. Jiao Liuyang set a new Olympic record of 2min 04.06sec to win the 200m butterfly by a comfortable margin and collect a fourth gold for China. It is easily their most productive Games in the pool – only the United States stand ahead of them in the medal table and they have at least one more probable gold to come. Sun Yang is pretty close to a banker in the 1500m free on Saturday, the last night of finals.

It is a performance that should attract plaudits (but they cannot be delivered with certainty) and is the outcome, in part, to investing huge amounts in the sport in an attempt to conjure home medals in Beijing. It is bearing fruit in London and seems set to get even better with eight of the Chinese women's team under 17.

One of them, of course is Ye and the speculation around her performances show no sign of abating. Reports emerged last night of Ye disappearing into a disabled toilet for several minutes ahead of her race last Saturday with two members of the Chinese support team.

Yesterday Fina, the sport's governing body, released a statement backing the 16-year-old and pointing out that she has been tested four times in the last year. That included two tests in March ahead of the Chinese Olympic trials.

"Fina would like to clearly state that there is no factual basis to support this kind of insinuations related to the performances of the Chinese swimmer, Shiwen Ye," said the statement. There has been a strong reaction in China to the manner in which Ye's victories, which included a sensational world record in the 400m individual medley, have been received around the world with accusations made of western bias, but questions will remain

Last night she made little impact in her leg of the 4x200m freestyle relay – a distance not suited to her – as Australia and the US battled neck and neck until the American Allison Schmitt settled it to claim her second gold and fourth medal of the meet. Britain finished a respectable fifth, while France took bronze.

The men's 100m lived up to its pre-race billing and produced the finish of the night, Nathan Adrian touching ahead of James Magnussen by 0.01sec. Magnussen, the world champion, had carried the hopes of Australia's men to London only to be horribly denied. With Australia coming fourth in the 100m freestyle relay this is not developing into the Olympic debut Magnussen had prophesied .

James Goddard qualified well for tonight's final of the 200m individual medley but with Laszlo Cseh finding his form to advance quickest ahead of Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps, a medal would be some achievement.

Jemma Lowe came sixth in the 200m butterfly final. Fran Halsall has a much better chance in the 100m freestyle, although the gold the home team so desperately crave will require the 21-year-old's best ever swim. Ranomi Kromowidjojo, the flying Dutchwoman, led the way into tonight's final, setting a new Olympic record of 53.05 en route.

The night's first world record went to Daniel Gyurta in the 200m breaststroke. He recorded 2:07.28.The second went to Rebecca Soni. She had been made to seem a creaking veteran by 15-year-old Ruta Meilutyte earlier in the week, but the American, who is all of 25, made the first move towards making amends in the 200m breaststroke. She touched in 2:20.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
techCould new invention save millions in healthcare bills?
Sport
David Moyes gets soaked
sport Moyes becomes latest manager to take part in the ALS challenge
Voices
A meteor streaks across the sky during the Perseid Meteor Shower at a wind farm near Bogdanci, south of Skopje, Macedonia, in the early hours of 13 August
voicesHagel and Dempsey were pure Hollywood. They only needed Tom Cruise, says Robert Fisk
News
peopleEnglishman managed quintessential Hollywood restaurant Chasen's
Life and Style
food + drinkHarrods launches gourmet food qualification for staff
Arts and Entertainment
Michael Flatley prepares to bid farewell to the West End stage
danceMichael Flatley hits West End for last time alongside Team GB World champion Alice Upcott
Life and Style
Horst P Horst mid-fashion shoot in New York, 1949
fashionFar-reaching retrospective to celebrate Horst P Horst's six decades of creativity
News
Members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community walk with a rainbow flag during a rally in July
i100
Life and Style
Black Ivory Coffee is made using beans plucked from elephants' waste after ingested by the animals
food + drinkFirm says it has created the "rarest" coffee in the world
Arts and Entertainment
Jamie T plays live in 2007 before going on hiatus from 2010
arts + entsSinger-songwriter will perform on the Festival Republic Stage
Life and Style
food + drinkThese simple recipes will have you refreshed within minutes
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

Robert Fisk: All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

Chuck Hagel and Martin Dempsey were pure Hollywood. They only needed Tom Cruise
Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

So claims an EU report which points to the Italian Mob’s alleged grip on everything from public works to property
Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Once the poor relation, the awards show now has the top stars and boasts the best drama
What happens to African migrants once they land in Italy during the summer?

What happens to migrants once they land in Italy?

Memphis Barker follows their trail through southern Europe
French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

The ugly causeway is being dismantled, an elegant connection erected in its place. So everyone’s happy, right?
Frank Mugisha: Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked

Frank Mugisha: 'Coming out was a gradual process '

Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked
Radio 1 to hire 'YouTube-famous' vloggers to broadcast online

Radio 1’s new top ten

The ‘vloggers’ signed up to find twentysomething audience
David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

A blistering attack on US influence on British television has lifted the savvy head of Channel 4 out of the shadows
Florence Knight's perfect picnic: Make the most of summer's last Bank Holiday weekend

Florence Knight's perfect picnic

Polpetto's head chef shares her favourite recipes from Iced Earl Grey tea to baked peaches, mascarpone & brown sugar meringues...
Horst P Horst: The fashion photography genius who inspired Madonna comes to the V&A

Horst P Horst comes to the V&A

The London's museum has delved into its archives to stage a far-reaching retrospective celebrating the photographer's six decades of creativity
Mark Hix recipes: Try our chef's summery soups for a real seasonal refresher

Mark Hix's summery soups

Soup isn’t just about comforting broths and steaming hot bowls...
Tim Sherwood column: 'It started as a three-horse race but turned into the Grand National'

Tim Sherwood column

I would have taken the Crystal Palace job if I’d been offered it soon after my interview... but the whole process dragged on so I had to pull out
Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard admits he is still below the level of Ronaldo and Messi but, after a breakthrough season, is ready to thrill Chelsea’s fans
Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

The Everton and US goalkeeper was such a star at the World Cup that the President phoned to congratulate him... not that he knows what the fuss is all about
Match of the Day at 50: Show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition

Tom Peck on Match of the Day at 50

The show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition