2023 Asian Games: Olympic Champion Wang Shun Eyeing 200 IM Glory


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The 19th Asian Games’ opening ceremony is in progress which is only feeding excitement for the types of match-ups we’ll be seeing in Hangzhou over the course of the next six days.

Representing the host nation, 29-year-old Wang Shun is one of the key athletes to watch in the men’s IM events, with the 29-year-old taking on both the 200m and 400m races.

Wang has been representing China in the IMs on the world stage for over a decade but it hasn’t always been smooth sailing.

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Wang was nursing a shoulder injury which rendered him out of the 200m IM final. A similar situation transpired at the 2014 Asian Games where he suddenly developed a fever before the race although he still captured the bronze medal.

He repeated a 2IM bronze medal performance at the 2016 Olympic Games and continued his momentum with gold in the event at the 2018 Asian Games.

His career came to a head at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, where Wang clocked a new Asian Record of 1:55.00 to beat out runners-up Duncan Scott of Great Britain (1:55.28) and Jeremy Desplanches of Switzerland (1:56.17).

Since that time, however, Wang has faltered, missing out on the final of both events at the 2022 World Championships as well as at this year’s edition in Fukuoka.

Speaking with Xinhuanet this week, Wang reflected on his career path thus far.

“I participated in the Olympics three times between the ages of 18 and 27, and during that time I went from being a young player to a veteran, and from being an unpopular athlete to breaking the Asian record.

“For most of that time, I was in the pool. Instead of going smoothly with the flow, we were pushing through rough waters.”

Wang continued, “The voices of dissatisfaction with myself from outsiders became louder and louder.

The reason I missed the gold medal every time was because I didn’t have the so-called ‘champion mindset’ to prove myself on the highest stage of sports competition.

“A lot of people told me I’d never be able to do it.” (Xinhuanet)

“Competitive sports are not like the flow of a calm river; the path is always full of trials and uncertainties, and it is only through constant effort that you can achieve your goals.”

Regarding those goals, Wang said of what he wants to get out of his performances this week in Hangzhou, “I just want to do what’s in front of me and think about getting a better result. My only goal is to stick to myself and give my all.”

Wang will see the likes of Japan’s Daiya Seto and So Ogata as his primary competitors, along with 200m breaststroke World Record holder Qin Haiyang who will also be racing the 200m IM this week.

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2 months ago

Wang Shun 1:54.62 !!

Qin Haiyang 1:57.41
Daiya Seto 1:58.35

Reply to  Boomer
2 months ago

Hot damn!!!

cant kick cant pull
2 months ago

i am not sure wang shun has ever shown a classy 400 IM. im looking forward to these medley events the most

2 months ago

Is there an english livestream of the swimming sessions available in Canada or by use of a vpn? Also what are the start times in America?

Reply to  Ploki
2 months ago


You need to set up the VPN in Singapore. I signed up and tried to test it today during the opening ceremony but it didn’t work (despite the VPN the site understood that I wasn’t in the area). I logged out of the profile and managed to start the video. In short, you have to fight to make it work. Except that the ‘on demand’ function doesn’t work in this way, so you necessarily have to connect live and keep your fingers crossed. I hope I have been helpful.

2 months ago

I love wang shun as much as the next person, but my goodness, that brotha is washed

Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

Didn’t he go 1:55 this year wouldn’t call him washed, just wildly inconsistent since Tokyo. Kind of similar to Manadou as well

Reply to  Facts
2 months ago

But Manaudou is much more sexy than Wang Shun so he gets the benefit of the doubt

Nick the biased Aussie
Reply to  Andrew
2 months ago

This didn’t age well

Lord Mofo
2 months ago

unfortunately for him Qin is going to dip below 1.55

Reply to  Lord Mofo
2 months ago

Qin Haiyang vs Leon Marchand, the rivalry we didn’t know we wanted

Reply to  Lord Mofo
2 months ago

Its fun to think he went 1:57.0 as a junior, which was de WJR at time

Reply to  Lord Mofo
2 months ago

His time will probably be about 1:56.5 I think, taking off a second from Breaststroke. Not totally clear whether he has trained for the other strokes to the point where he can contest against Wang and Seto

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