Brazil coach blasts Chinese Olympic champ Sun

Sun Aug 9, 2015 10:28pm EDT
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SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The coach of Brazil's national swimming team says China's Olympic champion Sun Yang tried to elbow and kick a female swimmer at the world championships on Sunday and that he has also caused problems for other teams.

Alberto Pinto da Silva, in comments carried by Brazilian sports news website, said the incident occurred when Larissa Oliveira was warming up alongside the Chinese swimmer in the pool.

The website reported that the Brazilian Aquatic Sports Federation had made a formal complaint to FINA, swimming's world ruling body.

"He was warming up and he pulled the Brazilian girl's foot," said the coach. "He ran her over. She got angry and had it out with him. He tried to elbow her and kick her.

"So then the Brazilian coaches went to speak to him. He said she was bothering him and one of the coaches said that the pool wasn't just his. Everyone was at the side of the pool, and they were all swearing at each other.

"There were about 15 people right up at him. But there wasn't any violence."

Sun, who became the first Chinese man to win an Olympic swimming gold medal when he took the 400m and 1,500m freestyle double in London, later missed Sunday's 1,500m freestyle final in Kazan due to what he said was a heart problem.

"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.   Continued...

China's Sun Yang is awarded for best men's swimmer of the championships, at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, August 9, 2015.  REUTERS/Michael Dalder