2018 14TH FINA SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, December 11th – Sunday, December 16th
- Tennis Centre, Hangzhou Olympic & International Expo Center, Hangzhou, China
- Provisional Entry List
- Entries Book
Despite Chinese Olympic champion Sun Yang appearing on the initial Provisional Entry List for the 2018 FINA Short Course World Championships, enthusiasts around the world were skeptical that the 27-year-old would actually appear in Hangzhou. Even with the elite international competition taking place on his home nation soil, Sun rarely races short course, especially outside of domestic meets.
When we devised the men’s sprint freestyle preview, we specifically left Sun Yang out of the top 8, suspecting the freestyle ace would possibly wind up not competing. That has been confirmed by the fact Sun is missing from the just-published Entries Book (linked above), as well as the heat sheets for the 40om freestyle.
Despite holding China’s National Records across the 200m, 400m and 1500m freestyle in long course, Sun Yang holds zero National Records in short course, reflecting his racing format preference. Swimrankings lists Sun as having a 400 SCM freestyle PB of 3:37.10 from way back in 2014, with a 1500 SCM freestyle swim from 2009.
Below, you can see Sun Yang appearing in the initial Provisional Entries list:
And then below Sun Yang‘s name is absent from the Entries Book as they stand today, December 9th: