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Ye spearheads China team for Australia

Teenage swim sensation Ye Shiwen and fellow London Olympic gold medallist Jiao Liuyang headline China's team for next month's inaugural Aquatic Super Series in Perth, organisers said on Wednesday.

Ye, who scored a medley double at the London Games, will rekindle her rivalry with Australia's Alicia Coutts at the meet on January 18-19 which also features swimmers from South Africa.

Coutts, Australia's best performer in the pool in London with five medals, took silver behind Ye in the Olympic 200m individual medley final.

Another Olympic gold medallist, London 200m butterfly champion Jiao, is part of the strong Chinese team but distance superstar Sun Yang is missing.

Chad le Clos spearheads the South African line-up. La Clos shocked the world when he defeated American great Michael Phelps in his pet event, the 200m butterfly in London, as well as winning silver in the 100m butterfly.

Australia are fielding a near full-strength squad, led by Coutts and James Magnussen in a revamped outdoor pool at Perth's Challenge Stadium.

"It's been four years since we've had the chance to compete in a home pool for Australia, and many of our athletes can't wait to get to Perth to compete," said Swimming Australia head coach Leigh Nugent.

"The Chinese are always strong and with 18 members of their Olympic team heading to Perth both our men and women will have plenty to swim for.

"From a South African point of view, they have also been very strong over the shorter distances and someone like Chad le Clos is able to back up and race well across a variety of events."


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