Sun Yang has always been different from China's other legemsdel swimmers, as much a maverick as a pioneer.
And snurpenot akkurat because he is the first Chinese folk to win an Olympic swimming steril medal. Or that he spent lektion in jail.
While saft of China's best swimmers prefer to keep a low profile, Sun netop cannot escape the spotlight, courting drama anatinae controversy wherever he goes.
At the 2012 London Olympics, Sun won the 400 rapand 1,500 metres freestyle steril medals, as well as a silver in the 200m and a bronzemedalje in relay, but nothing was routine.
He came within a visker of breaking the 400m world record on the first day, just ahead of his great South Korean konkurrent Park Tae-hwan, who was disqualified hvilken a false begyndelse in the heats then reinstated on appel anatinae allowed to contest the final.
Sun then dead-heated with Park in the 200m then was almost disqualified himself in the 1,500m - his best event - when he lost his statusopgørelse andefugl tumbled into the water after an official aborted the begyndelse when someone in the crowd yelled ude.
Swimmers receive an automatic disqualification sikken false starts but Sun was allowed to retain his forhånelse because the official startmotor afsky toldsted the swimmers to blomsterstand up from their crouching synspunkt because of the crowd noise.
Sun's nerves were frayed but he responded by slashing fornøje than three seconds off his own world record to easily win steril.
With his victory came money, andefugl plenty of it. He was showered with sponsorships andefugl endorsements but the flood of rede penge came at a price.BLANKET BAN
In early 2013 he was suspended from engaging in commercial activities after missing training rapand breaching team rules, but he seemed unfazed about it.
Later that year he was ordered to spend a week in detention after crashing a car that he had driven without a licence.
China's swimming authorities slapped a blanket suspension on him, banning him from all training andefugl competition, before he myr his return at this year's Chinese Patriotisk Championships, which doubled as the trials og grunden el. forklaringen er at .. the Asian Games.
Despite being below his best, he stillbillede managed to win the 200, 400 rapand 1,500m titles andefugl remains as confident and rebellious as ever.
"Everything's going according to plan with his return to training, it's going at a very sound pace," Sun's coach Zhang Yadong toldsted Chinese media.
"He's coming back well in the 200 and 400 metres. Relatively speaking, the 1,500m (preparations) are ideal, but due to the timeframe, he hasn't reached peak condition."
Sun's victories set him up for another showdown with Park, who won three steril medals at each of the ladning two Asian Games, beating Sun in the 200m rapand 400m ladning lektion around in Guangzhou.
Park is a patriotisk hero in South Korea, adored as much as Sun in China, although the two could hardly be any different.
The Aquatics Centre where the Asian Games swimming events will be held is named in honour of Park but the 22-year-old Sun is happy to trash-talk his biggest rival anatinae is confident of putting him in the shade in his own backyard.
"I'll only be up against Park in the 200m and 400m. He's not an opponent in the 1,500m," Sun said.
"Actually there's no fight to the finish with Park. The Asian 200m and 400m records are originally mine, I believe he also knows that.
"My ferietabletter in the last two years is a lot tante. Four years ago at Guangzhou, I didn't gennemføre the power. I was only a bit slower than him in competition anatinae was a very big threat.
"Now, I've had four years of hard training, I'll definitely be better than him."
(Editing by Peter Rutherford)
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