Chinese Swimmer Is Accused Of Doping! Here Are The Olympics’ Greatest Ever Drugs Cheats

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bill-swift - August 1, 2012

Poor old Ye Shiwen, all she wanted to do was swim really fast and now she is being called a drug cheat just because she achieved her dream.

The 16 year-old Chinese gold medalist romped to a record-breaking victory in Saturday's 400m individual medley but then had to endure seeing her performance being described as "disturbing" by the respected American coach John Leonard.

To compound her misery, Leonard also said that it was "suspicious" and brought back "awful memories" of drug cheats. Ouch.

Of course, Ye Shiwen has maintained her innocence, but the fact that she swam the final 50 metres of the race faster than the winner of the men's race, Ryan Lochte, has raised suspicions.

It would be very flippant of me to call the young lady a disgraceful cheater right now but there are some athletes who do deserve to be awarded this label. Here are some of the Olympic's most notorious drug cheaters.

Ben Johnson - The 100m final at the 1988 Olympics was one of the most anticipated ever to be run. It was America's Carl Lewis against Canada's Ben Johnson. It was so close between the pair that it was impossible to tell who might come out on top, so Ben thought that he might need something to help him in his stride. Johnson came 1st and broke the world record, lowering it to 9.79 seconds in the process. But then his own world came tumbling down on him. He was found guilty of taking steroids to increase his performance and his record and medal were soon rescinded leaving Johnson's career in tatters and his legacy forever tainted.

Marion Jones - At the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Marion Jones won three gold medals and two bronzes, a ridiculous acheivement that has never been matched by a female athlete. She was lauded for her performances across the globe but then in 2004, Victor Conte revelaed that he had personally given Jones five different illegal performance enhancing drugs during the competition which in turn saw several other people reveal that they'd witnessed Jones take steroids too. Jones finally admitted to taking these banned substances 3 years later and each of her medals were taken from her, destroying everything that she had worked so hard for.

Linford Christie - One of Great Britain's greatest ever athletes, Linford Christie collected the 100m Gold medal in Barcelona 92 but it was towards the end of his career was he was found guilty of taking the performance enhancing drug Nandrolone. Christie used several reasons to explain the presence of the substance which included eating too many avocados but his excuses were met with deaf ears. No wonder, who is going to believe that bull s$┬út.

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