China’s Sun Yang dropped out of his country’s 4×200 free relay at the Asian Games today, but does plan to finish out his slate of individual events, according to his coach, Yang Zadong.
Sun injured his thumb during the 200 freestyle, where he took home the silver medal. His status for the rest of the meet was uncertain at the time, and when he didn’t compete on China’s 4×200 free relay, it looked like his Asian Games could be ending early. But coach Yang told Chinese media outlets that Sun does plan to round out his slate of individual races this week, a lineup that includes the 400 and 1500 freestyles.
Sun has been training normally since the injury, according to Phoenix Sports, and should be a go for the 400 free tomorrow (or technically tonight, for those following in the U.S.), the event in which Sun is the defending Olympic champ.
Sun will take on South Korean rival Park Tae-hwan in that race after just beating him for silver in the 200 free. But perhaps the most notable in that race is Japan’s Kosuke Hagino, who’s already won three golds in Incheon including a win over both Sun and Park in the 200 free, prompting one Chinese media outlet to remind Sun not to neglect the Japanese in his next series of rivalry-stirring television commercials.