PHOENIX, Arizona, September 13. ONE of Great Britain's top coaches is packing up and moving across the Atlantic Ocean to Toronto, Canada, to coach at the National Swim Center there. Ben Titley has been coaching at Loughborough University for 16 years, putting at least one swimmer in the Olympic final in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics. He guided Liam Tancock to a world championship title in the 50 backstroke in 2009 and 2011 as well as his world record in 2009. Two of his swimmers won Olympic medals in 2008: A silver for David Davies in the 10K marathon and bronze for Joanne Jackson in the 400 freestyle.
The attention at the Chinese University Games has suddenly shifted from the pool to the deck, as Olympic champion Sun Yang is getting attention for his demands at the meet. A blogger in China initially reported that Sun requested a team of male bodyguards, as well as his mother, who acts as his agent, accompany him into the locker room. Also insinuated in the blogger's report that was later removed was that Sun's mother hit a cameraman with a water bottle when he got too aggressive. Sun has become the sports world's biggest celebrity after winning two golds in London. Sun was able to put all the controversy behind him in the pool today, winning the 400 free with a 3:47.23. He is likely to head back to Australia to train with Denis Cotterell soon, escaping all the pressures that follow him whenever he is at home.
Also at the Chinese meet, Cheng Feiyi swam a 54.32 in the 100 back, about six tenths off the time he swam to get eighth place in the final in London.
Robert Hurley, known mostly as a middle distance freestyler, won the 100 backstroke today at the Australian short course nationals in 50.98. Christian Sprenger, the silver medalist in the 100 breast in London, won that event today with a 58.70.