Hahahahaha In a shocking twist events at the 2015 FINA World Championships, Chinese Olympian Sun Yang was a no-show for the men’s 1500m final. We later found out that Sun Yang withdrew from the final due to a heart condition, but there was another surprising situation that arose from that same day.
Earlier at warm-ups on that last day of the World Championships finals, as we reported at the time, Sun Yang was involved in a physical altercation with Brazilian swimmer Larissa Oliveira. The Brazilian coaching staff reported seeing Sun trying to kick and elbow Oliveira after a collision in the warm-up pool during prelims. Heated words were exchanged among multiple parties after the incident.
Regarding this altercation and Brazil’s subsequent formal complaint to FINA, that organization’s Executive Director, Cornel Marculescu told Reuters today that the situation between Sun and Oliveira was “due to over congestion and a misunderstanding in the warm up pool” and the situation did not warrant further action.” Additionally, “in Kazan, we have over 1,000 swimmers, so the preparation pool became very crowded”, said Marculescu.
In response to the surprising empty lane in finals, Marculescu commented, “We discussed it with the (Chinese) delegation and the federation and finally with him and he said it was some health problem. His coach was also debating with him, a little bit stronger, to make him swim but he said he can’t.” Marculescu added, “He’s a great star, he’s a great swimmer. But with the young people, you never know.”
Sun Yang and the Chinese swimming federation issued an apology for withdrawing from the 1500m final, but have yet to comment on the warm-up pool quarrel.