China's Sun in shock withdrawal from 1,500m final

Sun Aug 9, 2015 3:46pm EDT
 
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By Rod Gilmour

KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - China's Sun Yang was a shock late withdrawal from the final of the men's 1,500 meters freestyle at the world championships on Sunday.

Sun, the reigning world and Olympic champion and world record holder, was the hot favorite for gold but did not show up at the starting blocks despite having warmed up for the race.

Italy's Gregorio Paltrinieri won the gold in Sun's absence.

"I feel very sorry that I couldn’t be present for the 1500m," Sun told reporters.

"I didn’t feel good in my heart. Today I felt really uncomfortable at the pool during my warm-up and I had to give up the idea of competing. I feel really sorry about that.

"It happened after the warm-up as I was preparing for the competition. It is the first time I have felt uncomfortable in competition."

In a separate incident in morning training at the pool, Brazil head coach Alberto Pinto confirmed that Sun had attacked Brazilian swimmer Larissa Oliveira.

The Brazilian Aquatic Sports Federation made a formal complaint to FINA, swimming's world ruling body, Globo.com reported.   Continued...

 
Sun Yang of China competes in the men's 1500m freestyle heats at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, August 8, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth