Sun to seek medical advice following shock pullout
SUN Yang's shock last-minute withdrawal from Sunday's 1,500m freestyle final with a heart problem cast a shadow over the last night of swimming's World Championships.
China's world-record-holder and Olympic champion confirmed that his 11th-hour decision to quit was made after he experienced chest pains during warm-up, with his sudden withdrawal catching Fina officials by surprise.
It meant that the 400m and 800m world champion's lane was empty for the final, as Italy's Gregorio Paltrinieri won the 1,500m world title in his absence.
Twenty-three-year-old Sun said he would seek medical advice after flying back to China yesterday and confirmed that this was the first time he has been affected in competition.
"After the 800m competition, I didn't feel well in my heart. I felt uncomfortable in the warm-up tonight so I had to give up the idea of competing," he said.
The Chinese giant courted controversy last year, after it emerged that he had served a three-month doping ban for taking a banned stimulant.
Trimetazidine was in a prescription drug he sometimes took for heart palpitations.
Sun offered "no comment" on numerous reports that he was involved in a physical altercation with Brazilian swimmer Larissa Oliveira in the warm-up pool on Sunday morning.
Several swimmers confirmed there was a heated exchange and reports in Brazil's media said Sun attacked Oliveira with an elbow, while Brazilian officials made a formal complaint to Fina.