Olympic swimming champ Sun Yang gears up for Asiad

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Jakarta, Aug 15 (IANS) China’s Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang says he is ready for his third Asian Games after he arrived here on Wednesday for his first training appearance.

Sun, a three-time Olympic champion, will compete in the men’s 200, 400, 800 and 1500 meters freestyle events in Jakarta, reports Xinhua news agency.

“It is my third Asiad, as I had competed in 2010 and 2014. I will face a new challenge in the six-day competition, as the 800m freestyle has been added to the Asian Games for the first time. I will be busier than ever,” said the 27-year-old.

Sun revealed that he had trained in Singapore and Hong Kong for preparation before the Games.

“I changed my training focus from short-mid distance to mid-long distance. That was a big change and I need more time to recover after every session of training. It is like building a house — I am laying the foundations and then adding floors step by step.”

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Sun also reduced his strokes and improved his start and turns during training. “The pace of the short distance is different from long distance. So I tried to reduce my strokes by increasing my efficiency. I think I am in better shape than I was last year before the FINA World Championships,” said Sun, who won in the 200 and 400m freestyle in Budapest.

Discussing the facilities at the Gelora Bung Kamo-Aquatic Center, Sun said he felt comfortable with the pool.

“The venue is great and I can breathe fresh air. The water temperature and light are also comfortable. The most important thing is to show my best and work out a suitable competition strategy for myself. I am hungry for victory, not only in the Asian Games, but also the World Championships and Olympic Games,” he said.

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The 2018 Asian Games open on August 18 and end on September 2.

–IANS

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