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Yang
Sun
People's Republic of ChinaPeople's Republic of China, CHN
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
01 December 1991
Height
200 cm
Weight
92 kg
Residence
Hangzhou, CHN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Mandarin
Higher education
Sport Studies - Zhejiang University: Hangzhou, CHN

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1998 in Hangzhou, People's Republic of China.
Why this sport?
His potential was recognized by a teacher at Jinglun Sports School in Hangzhou, People's Republic of China.
Club / Team
Zhejiang Province: China
Name of coach
Zhu Zhigen [club], CHN

International Debut

Year
2007
Competing for
China
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

General Interest

Nicknames
The Underwater Meteor (dzxw.net, 29 Jul 2012)
Hobbies
Listening to music. (Weibo profile, 05 Jul 2018)
Hero / Idol
Chinese swimmer Zhang Lin. (sports.people.com.cn, 30 Jul 2012)
Injuries
He was troubled by a recurring back injury in 2018. (swimswam.com, 16 Oct 2018)

He was affected by a high fever during the 1500m heats at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and he failed to progress through to the next round. (ONS, 13 Aug 2016)

He broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot during a training session in Australia in January 2016. He returned to training in March 2016. (gzdaily.dayoo.com, 30 Jan 2016)

He withdrew from the final of the 1500m freestyle at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation, due to what he described as heart problems. (olympictalk.nbcsports.com, 09 Aug 2015)

He had foot surgery for a toenail infection in February 2014. (swimvortex.com, 07 Mar 2014; cntv.cn, 21 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You succeed when you believe that you can succeed." (Weibo profile, 05 Jul 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was presented with a prize for his "Outstanding Contribution for Swimming Popularity in China” by the International Swimming Federation [FINA]. (fina.org, 02 Dec 2017)

He was named the 2016 Male Athlete of Year by the sport bureau of Zhejiang province. (sports.sina.com.cn, 2017)

In 2013 and 2015 he was named Best Male Swimmer at the world championships. (olympictalk.nbcsports.com, 09 Aug 2015; sports.sina.com.cn, 05 Aug 2013)

In 2011 and 2012 he was named Best Male Athlete at the China Central Television [CCTV] Sports Personality of the Year awards. (hinews.cn, 05 Feb 2013; sports.qq.com, 15 Jan 2012)
Famous relatives
His father played basketball for Anhui Tigong, and his mother competed in volleyball for Zhejiang in the People's Republic of China. (sports.163.com, 18 Sep 2012; sports.cn.yahoo.com, 11 Sep 2012; sports.people.com.cn, 30 Jul 2012)
Ambitions
To win multiple gold medals at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (finance.sina.com.cn, 17 May 2017)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first male Chinese swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal when he placed first in the 400m freestyle at the 2012 Games in London. (nytimes.com, 28 Jul 2012)

SANCTION
He tested positive for the prohibited substance trimetazidine at the 2014 National Championships in Hangzhou, People's Republic of China. He was banned from the sport for three months by the China Anti-Doping Agency [CHINADA]. Sun claimed he had been taking medication containing trimetazidine to treat a heart condition since 2008 and was unaware it had been added to the World Anti-Doping Agency [WADA] banned list in 2014. (sports.163.com, 25 Nov 2014)