Aussie coach sold training secrets to China

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{image-beijing+dark rings_18082008.jpg}Beijing, Aug 19: An Australian swim coach has sparked a storm after admitting selling the training program used by his protege Jessica Schipper for 'big money' to the Chinese girl who beat her at the Olympics.

Ken Wood sold his top-secret training techniques, which transformed Schipper into a world record breaking 200m butterfly swimmer, to the Chinese coach of Liu Zige, according to News Ltd newspapers in Australia on Sunday.Previously unknown, Liu came out of nowhere to win gold in the event and shatter Schipper's world record by 1.22 seconds in the process, leaving the Australian a distant third.

"They pay for the programs," Wood was quoted as saying. "They pay good money, big money. I wouldn't help them for nothing." Wood denied betraying Schipper, saying he hadn't trained her since Australia's Olympic trials in March.

The 78-year-old, in the coaching business for 40 years, did not reveal how much China paid, but said the low pay he received as an Australian coach forced him to seek work from others.

Woods, who runs a high performance swimming school north of Brisbane, offers a program for elite swimmers on stroke technique, weight training, diet and of preparation.

He admitted he was torn by the sight of Schipper being beaten by Liu. "I feel bittersweet, I do," he said. "Money is one thing, I have to make a living, but Jess is my swimmer, I've brought her through since she was a 12-year-old — and Lucy has beaten her."

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