PHOENIX, Arizona, April 9. WITH a few countries starting to fill their rosters for the upcoming world championships, we're starting to see who the major players will be in Barcelona, and right now Sun Yang looks like he will factor heavily in the freestyle events. At the Chinese nationals last week, Sun posted a 1:44.99 in the 200 free, less than a tenth off the time he swam at the Olympics last year to tie for the silver medal. So far, that puts him squarely in the gold medal position at worlds, though Olympic champion Yannick Agnel is preparing to swim the event this week at the French nationals.
Sun also posted respectable times in the 400 free and the 1500 free, but it's his 200 free that earns the Chinese star the Speedo Performance of the Week.