Heart Problem Being Cited as Reason for Sun Withdrawal From 1500 Final

Chinese swimmer Sun Yang‘s withdrawal from the final of the men’s 1500 free on Sunday is being credited due to a heart condition, FINA has told the media.

The world’s governing body for swimming has scheduled a press conference for the conclusion of the session, where they are expected to elaborate, but several news outlets, including The Australian’s Nicole Jeffrey, say that Sun experienced problems with his heart during warmups for finals, and that because there was not enough time for a full medical evaluation, he withdrew from the final.

Sun’s heart condition has been reported before. The medicine that he was suspended for taking in 2014 is used to treat heart conditions, which the federation says was its purpose (rather than for performance enhancement).

Sun is the World Record holder in the event and was the 3rd seed coming into the event final. He was also the two-time defending World Champion, and was the 2012 Olympic Champion, in the event as well.

In his absence, Gregorio Paltrinieri broke the Italian Record to win gold in 14:39.67. He was four seconds faster than Sun in the preliminaries.

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Hmmm....
6 years ago

PEDs can cause heart problems….

Reply to  Hmmm....
6 years ago

Wow.

Look, let’s for a second put all the anger and not so subtle sterotyping aside for a second, as well as the incident from the morning.

He got busted for taking a banned substance that is a heart medication… he claims it’s for his heart problem. So he’s back now and presumably not taking that same banned substance, and he misses a race for what his federation says is heart problems… and……. everyone is saying it’s indicitive PEDs???

Huh?

Let’s assume he does have heart issues. Let’s assume he isn’t taking that banned substance as its banned. Now he’s having heart issues. The simplest answer here is that he hasn’t found suitable meds to replaced the banned ones, and… Read more »

Cyrus
Reply to  Hulk Swim
6 years ago

And he had taken the medicine since 2007 long before the substance was banned. Somebody do like to tell one side of a story. Like Joel Lin on every post of Sun. Really doubt if he’s really aLin??

Jman
Reply to  Hulk Swim
6 years ago

Hulk is right. The Chinese have always been honest and forthcoming. Not even an iota of suspicion

Reply to  Jman
6 years ago

JMan falls into the ‘smaller few’ category.

I guess ANY Chinese swimmer is suspected of PED abuse because others from China have… so ANY country with PED abuses should be suspect. Follow that logic and we are all a bunch of ThomasLurzFans.

Jman
Reply to  Hulk Swim
6 years ago

Fool Hulk once, shame on Sun Yang. Fool Hulk twice, shame on Hulk.

anonymus
6 years ago

I hope he gets well soon.

luigi
6 years ago

Question for you guys: is this considered a scratch or a DQ? Is it treated differently under Fina rules? Thanks

anonymus
Reply to  luigi
6 years ago

I think the term is DNS (did not swim) which is different to a scratch because the swimmers simply not showing up. I could be wrong

anonymus
6 years ago

Last sentence: “He was four seconds faster than Sun in the preliminaries.” ?
No, about 15

anonymus
Reply to  Braden Keith
6 years ago

Sorry I thought you compare sun preliminaries time and paltrinieris final time

luigi
6 years ago

ps I believe Paltrinieri broke the European, not just Italian, record

luigi
Reply to  Braden Keith
6 years ago

Ahem Braden, I wasn’t noting it just for the sake of it; your article above stated (and still states) “In his absence, Gregorio Paltrinieri broke the Italian Record to win gold in 14:39.67”

Joel Lin
6 years ago

A no show without notice to meet officials is a DQ, and not a scratch. This is an important distinction because by FINA rules, Sun was an entered competitor in the event and is subject to post race drug testing protocol by rule.

Go Bulldogs
Reply to  Joel Lin
6 years ago

In the event of a sudden illness, such as the one reported, if they can provide definitive proof that it was in fact a heart condition then it potentially could be ruled a late scratch

Joel Lin
6 years ago

Braden — is there an ambulatory center at the pool? Did they take Sun to a hospital?

First thing they do when you are taken in for chest or heart issues is a battery of tests including blood tests. If he didn’t go to a hospital to be treated and have tests administered I’d be pretty stunned. He had heart problems, pulled out of the race and nothing further would be odd beyond a describe.

Irvin
Reply to  Joel Lin
6 years ago

Not all heart issue requires rushing to the ER. My Dad has a heart problem. When it happens his heart would be beating 2-3 time faster that it normally does. Usually he would lay down taking a few deep breath and hopefully his heart would be back to normal in a few minutes. Otherwise he would take his medicine. Most of the time the two steps would stop it. Only occasionally we had to send him to hospital after 1 or 2 hours if the situation wasn’t getting better. Luckily the doctor told us this is not a life threatening condition and this is how we’ve been handling it for the last 20 years.

I’m not a medical doctor.… Read more »

bobo gigi
6 years ago

I saw one hour ago on TV Sun Yang on the podium receive his award of the best male swimmer of the meet next to Katie Ledecky who won the award for the women.

Alz
Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

Yes sure I bet the Brazilian head coach just made up ”the 2nd thing” to make Sun Yang look bad. (Sarcasm, in case you couldn’t tell)

Jman
Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

Agree. fINA always does it the right way. I doubt they’d ever give an award to Putin either.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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