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Sun Yang’s coach wants reconciliation

Sun Yang’s long-term coach Zhu Zhigen praised the swimmer’s performance at the Barcelona Worlds Sunday and at the same time expressed his willingness to be back together with the Olympic gold medallist.

other Updated: Aug 04, 2013 23:36 IST
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Sun Yang’s long-term coach Zhu Zhigen praised the swimmer’s performance at the Barcelona Worlds Sunday and at the same time expressed his willingness to be back together with the Olympic gold medallist.

“Sun is still a child and he needs time to grow up,” said Zhu, who helped Sun to win two golds at the 2012 London Games.

After dating an air hostess since returning from London, the balance couldn’t be reached between Sun’s personal life and swimming career. The 10-year-long relationship between Sun and his coach Zhu Zhigen turned sour after the swimmer reportedly asked for a new coach earlier this year.

training in hong kong
Though the two parties put on a gesture of reconciliation in March, Sun once again requested to part ways with Zhu and trained seperately. To prepare for the worlds, Sun trained in Hong Kong under former Chi-nese head coach Zhang Yadong.

After winning the men’s 400m free at the worlds last Sunday, Sun burst into tears and thanked both Zhu and Zhang.Sun became only the second man to defend his gold medal in the 800m freestyle at the Worlds when he swam to a comfortable win.