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Sun Yang: I won't give up long distance

By Xinhua
Sun Yang: I won't give up long distance
China's Sun Yang celebrates after he won the Men's 200m Freestyle Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Aug 8, 2016. (Odd Andersen / AFP)

HANGZHOU - Chinese siwmming superstar Sun Yang said in a recent interview that he won't give up long-distance events.

Sun was honored at the 2016 Top 10 Athletes of Zhejiang Province Award Ceremony on Feb 15. For his excellent performance at Rio, Sun unanimously won the Best Male Athlete of the Year award.

Actually, I'm working on both speed training and aerobics simultaneously now

Sun Yang

Sun, who won gold in the 400m and 1,500m freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics to become his country's first male Olympic swimming champion, has raised eyebrows after the Rio olympics for participating in several variety shows.

But he reassured the public at the ceremony. "I attend these variety shows intermittently, but I am still keep training all the time. I am in a pretty good form now, so please look ahead to my performance in this year," said the 25-year-old.

Sun also denied rumors that he will give up the long-distance events for which he is famous, and instead focus on short-distance events in the future.

"Actually, I'm working on both speed training and aerobics simultaneously now. Maybe in the qualification trials, I will participate in multiple events: 200, 400, 800, 1500 and relays, maybe 6 or 7. And I will try my best to get good results in every single game," he said.

Sun Yang: I won't give up long distance
Sun Yang, who won gold in swimming for China, smiles while attending a press conference in Hong Kong on Aug 27, 2016. (ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)
 
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