Chinese Team Releases Statement On Sun Yang’s 1500 Withdrawal

It was reported earlier this morning that two-time world champion Sun Yang had opted to withdraw from the men’s 1500 free, failing to show up for his preliminary heat.

The Chinese team has since given a brief statement on Sun’s decision, tweeted by our own Loretta Race.

The statement reads, per Xinhua: “Sun competed in several events with high intensity here during the past days. For the sake of his health and preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games, Sun has decided to withdraw from the 1500m contest here.”

This move wasn’t a big surprise, as Sun has slowly gravitated away from the mile, and hasn’t done it in an international final since 2013. He had a mysterious no-show at the 2015 Worlds, which stirred up controversy, but he cited a heart condition as the reason, and then he failed to advance to the Olympic final last summer.

Sun was dominant in winning the 400 free on day 1 and the 200 free on day 3, but he didn’t have the gas to last in the men’s 800m final, falling to 5th place in 7:48.87. This looks like it could be the end of Sun in the 800/1500, as the 200/400 appears to be taking over his main focus after such success over the last few years.

Mykhailo Romanchuk of the Ukraine (14:44.11) and Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy (14:44.31) were the top two qualifiers out of the heats this morning.

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Clare Tanner
4 years ago

The translation is not correct. They said Sun will swim for Tokyo Olympics, so they didn’t want him to be over-exhausted and get hurt.

Kooosh
4 years ago

The least they could have done is made up some injury. The statement doesn’t make much sense. This is what he prepares for, but he needs to rest up for 3 years from now?

Becky D
4 years ago

This tweet made me LOL. Reads like, “After a tought week, Sun needs to rest up for an important meet coming up in 3 years.”

SwimShark
Reply to  Becky D
4 years ago

Totally. The guy needs a long taper without his heart meds.

Clare Tanner
Reply to  Becky D
4 years ago

The translation is wrong. It’s not “for the sake of his health and prep for Tokyo”, it’s “for the sake of his health since he’s preparing for Tokyo”.

ika0287
4 years ago

Of course we would have this suspicion considering his past.
What’s new?

ni hao ma
Reply to  ika0287
4 years ago

Western TUE dopers are [clean]. :))))))))))))))

Ebmarah
4 years ago

Everyone is thinking the exact same thing. If they retest his samples in a few years, Townley Haas will be the winner of the 200 free.

sccoach
4 years ago

Statement should read “He is scared of the Italians.”

Nomoreswimming
Reply to  sccoach
4 years ago

Then why Italian was beaten by Sun in 400m?

GCoach
Reply to  Nomoreswimming
4 years ago

Because Sun knew he could win. But the 1500 is a different story, and this has a lot to do with “losing face”, a huge component of Chinese culture…

Emanuele
Reply to  sccoach
4 years ago

I don’t think so. Simply he is not a long distance swimmer anymore.
But all these excuses are awful, just say “he won’t swim the 1500 free anymore”.

GCoach
Reply to  sccoach
4 years ago

This is the truth.

Futureteller
4 years ago

I bet there was a doping test before the 1500, and Sun withdrew before he could get caught!

monsterbasher
Reply to  Futureteller
4 years ago

Enough. We know has a heart problem and we know his fitness and training is not the same calibre as it was 4 years ago. Lets take it as it is and stop with these ad hominum attacks. It’s annoying as hell to see this in EVERY SINGLE ARTICLE.

meeee
Reply to  monsterbasher
4 years ago

he is as much a cheat as Efimova. Deserves what he gets in EVERY SINGLE ARTICLE!

Heretoenlighten
Reply to  meeee
4 years ago

So you’re really saying Sun and Efimova aren’t really cheaters? I agree with you 100% :)! Do some research and understand ever swimmer not from America swimming fast doesn’t have to be cheating?? Look into the circumstances under Efimova AND Sun and understand stuff happens. You’re an awful swimming fan.

swimmer!
Reply to  Futureteller
4 years ago

I’m willing to bet he has been tested at this competition before the 1500m. Also, only fools fail drug tests at big competition. Almost everybody that cheats can pass a drug test at their championship.

Sam Gu
Reply to  swimmer!
4 years ago

@Swimmer, At least, he is not as brave as your brother Armstrong.

damien
Reply to  Futureteller
4 years ago

stupid haters

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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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