Chinese fans of Ye Shiwen have rushed to defend the star swimmer after a United States coach openly questioned her record setting-performance in the 400m individual medley as "unbelievable".
The wave of online anger was unleashed on Tuesday with many bloggers aiming their criticism at American coach John Leonard, executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, who told The Guardian newspaper that her performance was "unbelievable" and "disturbing".
"History in our sport will tell you that every time we see something, and I will put quotation marks around this, unbelievable, history shows us that it turns out later on there was doping involved," said Leonard.
Ye Shiwen, 16, immediately denied taking performance-enhancing drugs after the remarks came out on Monday.
By early Tuesday, thousands of Chinese fans had gone online to defend her..