200 IM World Champion Wang Shun No-Shows 400 IM Prelims


  • Tuesday, December 11th – Sunday, December 16th
  • Hangzhou, China
  • Tennis Centre, Hangzhou Olympic & International Expo Center
  • SCM (25m)
  • Prelims: 9:30 am local, 8:30 pm ET / Finals: 7:00 pm* local, 6:00* am ET
  • *The final night of finals will be one hour earlier, starting at 6:00 pm local and 5:00 am ET
  • Live Results (Omega)

China’s Wang Shun was a no-show for his preliminary heat in the men’s 400 IM on day 5 of the Short Course World Championships, just a few days after winning his second consecutive gold in the 200. The 24-year-old actually did the same thing in 2016, entering the event but pulling out at the last minute.

Wang was coming into the event as the #2 seed behind only Daiya Seto of Japan, as he had swum a lifetime best of 3:59.99 during this season. He was the only swimmer other than Seto in the field who had broken 4:00 in 2018.

Wang had successfully defended his title on day 1 in the 200 IM, clocking a new Chinese Record of 1:51.01, and also placed 7th in the 100 IM (51.95) and anchored China’s 800 free relay bronze medal winning team in a blazing 1:41.93.

In his absence, Seto threw down the top time by a mile in 4:00.50, looking virtually unbeatable for the gold as he cruised home on the freestyle after turning under world record pace at the 300.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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