The double 2015 World Champion reportedly needs 6 weeks to recover from an injury sustained during a jumping exercise session. The incident sent him to the hospital where X-rays confirmed a fracture in the fifth metatarsal bone in the right foot.
“It hurt so bad and I almost cried this morning,” Sun told Xinhua. “But I try to think in a positive way and I believe I’ll get through it.
The 24-year-old chose a more conservative treatment plan from two options he said the local hospital had offered him, but didn’t elaborate on what exactly is entailed in the treatment.
However, Sun does reassure the public about his recovery for the Olympics saying, “Don’t worry about me. The injury won’t upset my preparation for the Rio Olympics.”
Below is a video of Sun Yang being transported into the hospital in a wheel chair, foot propped up. The swimmer’s X-ray is also displayed within the video, for those that know how to read them. A member of the medical staff even high-fives the athlete and is heard saying, “I’m in the presence of greatness.”
Sun then emerges from the hospital with his foot in a boot and he is using crutches.
The unexpected withdrawal is reminiscent to Sun’s shocking no-show at the men’s 1500m final in Kazan at the 2015 FINA World Championships. After already earning gold in the men’s 400m and 800m freestyle events, Sun left his lane empty for the 1500m final event, citing a heart problem, which rendered him unable to compete in the final.
As for his recent foot injury, the plan is for Sun to continue training in Australia and is scheduled to return to China in mid-March.