FILE - In this July 31, 2012 file photo, China's Ye Shiwen poses with her gold medal for the women's 200-meter individual medley swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The 2012 London Games cha
Matt Slocum, File
August 27, 2014

BEIJING (AP) China's two-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ye Shiwen has a new title: College freshman.

The 2012 London Games champion in the women's 200- and 400-meter medleys registered this week at Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University under a government program waiving the grueling entrance exam for outstanding athletes.

The 18-year-old Ye told local media she plans to study law, but will have to balance classes with training for next month's Asian Games at Incheon, South Korea.

Ye set a world record in the 400 IM and an Olympic record in the 200 IM at London 2012, although she did not win a medal in any event at last year's world championships in Barcelona.

Numerous Chinese champion athletes have been admitted to top universities as a means to a post-athletics career.

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