28 Jul '12, 11pm

Olympics: 16-year-old prodigy, Ye Shiwen, puts China on top

Olympics: 16-year-old prodigy, Ye Shiwen, puts China on top

Elizabeth Beisel (left) of the U.S. and China's Ye Shiwen and Ye's compatriot Li Xuanxu stand with their silver, gold and bronze medals for the women's 400m individual medley during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre, on July 28, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS LONDON (AFP) - A 16-year-old swimming prodigy wrote her name in the history books on Saturday as China made a blistering start to their London Olympics campaign. Four years after dominating the Beijing Games, China swept straight back to the top of the medals table as teenager Ye Shiwen and Sun Yang stole the limelight on the first night in the pool. Ye smashed the women's 400m medley world record with a time of 4min 28.43sec - nearly seven seconds faster than she clocked at last year's world championships. The girl from Zhejiang, singled out for swimming because of her unusually large hands, overhauled pa...

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