Sun Yang Absent from Men’s 1500 Free Final at World Championships

To the confusion of many viewers shortly before the start of the men’s 1500 free, the favorite Sun Yang was nowhere to be found.

Scheduled to swim in lane 3, Sun had swum a 14:55.11 in prelims for the third position in the final. The Chinese distance stalwart has already won the 400 and 800 free, coming back on 1500 top finals seed Gregorio Paltrinieri (Italy) hard in the 800 free to win it. While Sun just missed out on gold in the 200 free, he was still looking to become a triple gold medalist through the distance freestyle events.

Sun is the world record holder in the 1500 after swimming an insanely fast time of 14:31.02 at the London Olympics in 2012, and he was expected to at least fight with Paltrinieri for most of the race, and probably win it. Instead, only seven swimmers are currently contending for the title as no alternate showed up to take Sun’s place.

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Joel Lin
5 years ago

A Chinese swimmer no shows a world championship final. I can only think of one thing now.

Reply to  Joel Lin
5 years ago

what is that? you racist

Reply to  swimmer
5 years ago

@Swimmer, how about a competitor for a world championship final. This is mighty suspicious…?

5 years ago

Fina needs to test him. He might have screwed up his doping schedule and has no choice to scratch to dodge the test.

5 years ago


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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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