I need to make one correction: I mistakenly credited the Chinese
4x100free relay with a bronze, when it was a silver. Corrected
>This is the first of two posts which put the performance of the
>Chinese women's swim team at the 1996 Olympics in perspective.
>The table below presents the medals won by Chinese women swimmers
>in each swimming event at the 1994 World Championships and the
>Note the following:
>* At the 1994 World Championships Chinese women won 8 of 12 events.
> They failed to win only the 200 free, 100 & 200 ***, and 800 free.
> In the 200 free it took a world record by Germany's Van Almsick to
> beat China's Lu Bin (whose time also beat the previous world record).
> Lu Bin later tested positive for steroids.
>* China won a total of 18 medals at the world championships, with
> 12 golds, 5 silvers, and 1 bronze. At the 1996 Olympics the
> Chinese women won one third as many medals, 6, with a much greater
> emphasis on silver and bronze: 1 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze.
>* All of the Chinese individual event medalists at the 1996 Olympics
> are hold-overs from the period preceding 1995 during which nine***
> Chinese women tested positive for performance enhancing ***:
> Le Jingyi: won the 50 and 100 free at WC, was second and first
> respectively at the 1996 Olympics
> Lin Li: 26 years old, was third in the 200 IM at 1996 Olympics.
> Liu Limin: won the 100 and 200 fly at WC's, was second in the 100 fly
> at the 1996 Olympics.
> TABLE 1
> 1994 WORLD CHAMPS 1996 OLYMPICS
>EVENT gold silver bronze gold silver bronze
>50 fr G(wr) S
>100 fr G(wr) S G
>200 fr S
>400 fr G
>100 ba G
>200 ba G
>100 br S B
>200 br S
>100 fly G S S
>200 fly G
>200 IM G B
>400 IM G
>4x100free G(wr) S
>4x100medly G(wr) B
>TOTALS 12 5 1 1 3 2
>GRAND TOTAL: 18 GRAND TOTAL: 6
>NOTE: (wr) = world record