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szdaily -> Sports
Sun skips 1,500m heats at world swim champs
    2017-July-31  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

SUN YANG was a surprise absentee in the men’s 1500m freestyle heats Saturday as the world-record holder again opted out at the world aquatic championships.

A Chinese official told reporters the decision was taken to “protect his health” as Sun has complained of tiredness.

The Chinese team gave a brief statement on Sun’s decision.

The statement reads: “Sun competed in several events with high intensity here during the past days. For the sake of his health and preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games, Sun has decided to withdraw from the 1,500m contest here.”

This move wasn’t a big surprise, as Sun has slowly gravitated away from the mile, and hasn’t done it in an international final since 2013.

Despite his no-show, the 25-year-old Chinese giant trained Saturday and is due to race in the men’s 4x100m medley relay the next day.

After winning freestyle golds over 200m and 400m in Budapest, Sun had complained of fatigue before flopping in the men’s 800m freestyle final Wednesday.

He finished fifth, 8.10 seconds adrift of winner Gabriele Detti of Italy.

In Sun’s absence, Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk was the fastest qualifier for the 1,500m final in 14 minutes, 44.11 seconds.

Defending champion Gregorio Paltrinieri was right behind at 0.20 seconds.

Australia’s Mack Horton was the seventh fastest and 15.13 seconds off the pace.

Elsewhere, Sarah Sjostrom used her frustration at missing gold by 0.04 seconds in Friday’s 100m freestyle final to blast her way into the 50m freestyle semis. Sjostrom clocked 24.08 seconds as the fastest into Saturday’s semis.

Japan’s Junya Koga was the fastest into the men’s 50m backstroke semifinals, touching the wall at 24.54 seconds.

On Saturday morning, America’s King was the fastest qualifier into the 50m semifinals, clocking 29.76 seconds with Efimova just 0.23 seconds behind her and the pair both avoiding questions.

The Netherlands were the fastest qualifiers in the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay heats in 3:23.89 with the USA just 0.04 seconds behind.

(SD-Agencies)

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