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Sun Yang leads 400 free heats as swimming starts at worlds

Competing in 1st major event since doping ban revealed, Sun Yang tops 400 free heats at worlds

Sun Yang leads 400 free heats as swimming starts at worlds

KAZAN, Russia (AP) -- Competing in his first major event since his doping suspension was revealed, China's Sun Yang led the 400-meter freestyle heats Sunday as the traditional pool events at the swimming world championships opened.

Sun touched in 3 minutes, 44.99 seconds, winning his heat just an arm length ahead of Britain's James Guy, who qualified second in 3:45.37.

Ryan Cochrane of Canada was third in 3:45.86, while Australians Mack Horton and David McKeon failed to make the eight-man final, which was scheduled for later at the Kazan Arena.

China's anti-doping agency revealed in November that Sun served a three-month ban earlier that year after testing positive for the banned stimulant trimetazidine.

Sun won the 400 free at the last two worlds plus the 2012 London Olympics.


Updated : 2021-09-28 01:40 GMT+08:00