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.