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China's Sun Yang, left, and United States' Katie Ledecky present the awards as best athletes of the
competition at the end of the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia, yesterday. AP PHOTO
KAZAN---No sooner had Sun Yang
returned to the top of the podium with
two victories at the world swimming
championships than the Chinese star
was enveloped in mystery.
Sun failed to show up for the 1,500-
metre freestyle final last night, creating
chaos in the call room minutes before
the race in which he was the two-time
The 23-year-old swimmer later said
a heart problem caused him to vanish.
Sun couldn t be found by the judges,
and Lane 3 remained empty while Gre-
gorio Paltrinieri of Italy won.
"Today I came here and during the
warmup in the pool, I feel uncomfortable
in the heart so I have to give up com-
petition," Sun said through a translator
at a news conference after the races
ended. "I feel sorry because of that."
Earlier, FINA spokesman Pedro Adrega
said Chinese team officials told him Sun
felt a "chest sensation" during warmups.
"As there was not enough time to eval-
uate the situation or to check his medical
condition, they decided to withdraw," he
Sun said he decided on his own not
to swim the 1,500. He said he would
return home Monday to arrange a medical
exam of his heart.
Sun s rivals were shocked by the
strange turn of events.
"The judges were going crazy yelling,
Where s Sun Yang? Where s Sun Yang? "
Paltrinieri said. "It was insane."
Sun appeared at the end of the night
to receive the best male swimmer award.
He won the 400 and 800 freestyles in
Kazan and was a strong favourite in the
1,500, which he won at the London
Olympics. Sun finished second in the
Brazil men s coach Alberto Silva told
The Associated Press there was an inci-
dent in the warmup pool yesterday morn-
ing when one of his female swimmers
was in the same lane as Sun, though
Silva did not think it was the reason why
Sun didn t compete.
"There was a discussion," said Silva,
adding that no one was injured. "It s a
short girl and a big guy. He went across
Silva said he complained to officials
of world governing body FINA, and they
spoke to a Chinese team official.
"(The Chinese) came to the Brazilians
and said sorry. That s it," said Silva, who
declined to identify the Brazilian swim-
Brazil team spokeswoman Eliana Alves
told the AP there was contact between
Sun and the Brazilian athlete "but it was
not a fight."
Chinese team officials declined com-
ment on the warmup pool incident.
"I have no comment because it s the
morning program," Sun said.
Sun was back at the biggest meet
before next year s Olympics after serving
a three-month doping suspension last
year for a banned stimulant. At the time,
he said the positive test was caused by
an ingredient in medication he was taking
for a heart condition and he wasn t aware
it was banned.
His punishment began immediately
after he tested positive in May. However,
Chinese officials kept the test quiet for
six months and FINA also waited until
late November to post the sanction on
Sun got in trouble in November 2013
for driving without a license after the
car he was operating was hit by a bus.
Earlier that year he was formally censured
by his training school after feuding with
his coach and missing practice.
Paltrinieri took the lead from Cochrane
at 500 meters and controlled the pace
the rest of the way, touching in 14 min-
utes, 39.67 seconds. He finished second
to Sun in the 800 and their rematch had
been highly anticipated.
"I didn t know what to do or think,"
the Italian said. "It was really terrible
The others in the call room wondered
about Sun, too.
"I started saying, He s afraid of us
and he s not coming, " Paltrinieri said.
"Then he really didn t show up. I ve been
training for two years on how to beat
him, right down to the smallest details,"
Paltrinieri said. "I had to change every-
Connor Jaeger of the United States
finished second in 14:41.20. Cochrane,
who was under world-record pace
through 400 meters, was third in
14:51.08. He earned his fourth straight
medal in the 1,500, equaling Australian
great Grant Hackett.
"We would have liked the best field
possible but it was still a pretty hard
race," Cochrane said.
The United States received the best
team trophy for the eight-day meet, win-
ning 18 medals, including seven golds.
Katinka Hosszu of Hungary made a
run at the world record in the women s
400 individual medley before falling short
on the last freestyle lap. She won in
4:30.39, after being 3.81 under world-
record pace after five laps.
Hosszu, nicknamed "Iron Lady" for
her relentless event schedule, also won
the 200 IM in world-record time.
The United States won the men s
4x100 medley relay two years after touch-
ing first and then being disqualified when
Kevin Cordes dived in too soon on the
breaststroke leg. Ryan Murphy, Cordes,
Tom Shields and Nathan Adrian won in
3:29.93. Australia was second and France
third at Kazan Arena, where Russian
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was
The women s 4x100 medley relay was
claimed by China s team of Fu Yuanhui,
Shi Jinglin, Lu Ying and Shen Duo in
3:54.41. Sweden was second and Australia
Japan s Daiya Seto cruised to a 1.40-
second victory for his second consecutive
title in the 400 individual medley. Seto
led all the way and won in 4:08.50---0.19
faster than he swam two years ago in
Bronte Campbell of Australia won the
50 freestyle to go with her title in the
100 free. She touched in 24.12.
Olympic champion Ranomi Kro-
mowidjojo of the Netherlands was 0.10
behind in giving up the title she won in
Barcelona. Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden
took third in 24.31.
Campbell s older sister, Cate, was
Sun Yang a no-show
for 1,500 free final
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