William Yang Set To Make Post-Surgery Return At Queensland Championships


The 2023 Queensland Championships kick off on Saturday, December 9th with the meet representing Australian swimmers’ last-chance opportunity to potentially qualify for the 2024 World Championships.

We’re pointing out notable athletes appearing on the draft entries just released and one significant name appearing is that of William Yang.

25-year-old Yang was on his way to making the 2023 World Championships squad when the SOPAC swimmer wound up dropping out of the event. He made the decision to undergo surgery to remove a benign tumor located on his spine.

As we reported in May, Yang said at the time, ‘For the last 4 months, I’ve been facing a significant health challenge. I’ve discovered a decent-sized Benign Tumour in my spinal canal that’s pinching my spinal cords. It’s been a tough journey, with interrupted sleeps and discomfort even in everyday activities like walking, coughing, sneezing, and laughing 😔 Of course, I had to adjust my training significantly.’

Yang represented Australia at the 2022 Commonwealth Games where he took home two gold medals from relays. He also placed 5th in the men’s 100m freestyle event.

Prior to that, the ace claimed gold in the mixed medley relay and silver in the men’s 4x100m free relay at the 2022 World Championships.

Yang is entered in the men’s 100m freestyle for these Queensland Championships, the event in which he surprisingly won the national title in 48.55 at the 2022 Australian Swimming Championships.

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2 months ago

Great to see Yang back racing! 100 free getting crowded

Nick the biased Aussie
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2 months ago

Good to see him back. I’ve thought the last few years it would be interesting to see him in the 100m backstroke. Theres a bit of an opportunity there individually.

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