Swimming bad boy Sun just a big softie, says coach

first_imgDepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next To those who know him best, nothing could be further from the truth. Sun’s part-time coach believes the Chinese superstar is a gentle giant.“He’s actually a very sensitive guy,” said Denis Cotterell. “He’s very emotional and he gets upset by a lot of the things that are said and written about him because a lot of it just isn’t true.”Australian Cotterell has worked with Sun for years and describes him not only as the most dedicated swimmer he’s trained, but also one of the most respectful.‘Nice, sensitive side’As China’s greatest swimmer, Sun is under constant pressure to win every time he dives into the pool.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES He’s been labelled a drug cheat after serving a three-month suspension in 2014 for using a prescribed medication to treat a heart condition, saying he was unaware it had been added to the banned list.Sun triggered a diplomatic row with Japan at the last Asian Games four years ago when he petulantly branded their national anthem “ugly”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’He has also irked Chinese officials with his sponsorship deals and once spent a week in a detention centre for a driving offence.But Sun carries on, unfazed by all the kerfuffle and seemingly revelling in his reputation as swimming’s bad boy. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taalcenter_img View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ China’s Sun Yang launches Asian Games charm offensive Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil China’s swimmer Sun Yang leaves the swimming pool after a training session at the Aquatics center during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 16, 2018. AFP PHOTO / Martin BUREAUChinese giant Sun Yang has all the tools to be the perfect swimmer — the predatory instinct and a two-metre physique that can intimidate before a race has even started.But the triple Olympic champion and nine-time world title holder is also one of the most divisive competitors in the pool, a magnet for controversy who seems to upset officials and rivals wherever he goes.ADVERTISEMENT “I get cheesed off when people bring up cheap shots because they don’t know what they’re talking about,” Cotterell said.“He’s got a really nice, sensitive side and he respects people in the sport much better that the picture that is painted of him.”Sun considered quitting swimming after the Rio Olympics when he was taunted by some of his rivals over the doping ban, which he insists was nothing more than an innocent mistake.After winning the 400m and 1,500m freestyle golds at London in 2012, he showed his incredible versatility by taking out the 200m in Brazil.With nothing to prove and a long list of sponsors ensuring his financial security, he could have walked away from the sport.But the 26-year-old decided to refocus his efforts on long-distance events despite finding success in sprints, meaning a lot of extra hours churning through the laps.At the Asian Games, he has entered the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1,500m as well as the 4x200m relay — part of a process building towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.“He was under so much pressure at Rio but he doesn’t want to let anyone down,” said Cotterell.“He’s a very proud man and he treats his position of being the number one sports star in a country that size very seriously.” ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READlast_img read more

Arsenal star wins Player of the Year award

first_imgArsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has been named Player of the Year by the Football Supporters’ Federation.The 26-year-old forward scored 20 goals in 2015, including a superb long-range effort in the FA Cup final win over Aston Villa.Sanchez topped the fans’ vote ahead of runner-up Jamie Vardy, with Sergio Aguero, David De Gea, Harry Kane and John Stones also on the shortlist.The Chilean said: “I’m delighted to receive the FSF Player of the Year award. Personally, it’s been a great 2015 for me on the pitch with both my club and country.“Arsenal have enjoyed a good start to the season and it was disappointing to pick up an injury. But I’m hoping to be back soon to help my team-mates have another successful year.”Gunners manager Arsene Wenger added: “Alexis has had a great 2015 – winning the FA Cup with us and the Copa America with Chile.“He has made a huge impact on English football since his arrival at the Emirates and I’m very happy that his skill, ability and dedication has been recognised by football fans across the country.”The presentation of the FSF Awards, in association with William Hill, takes place in London on Monday night. Alexis Sanchez scored 80 goals in 166 appearances for Arsenal. He has just 5 in 37 for Man United 1last_img read more