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Sun Yang feels no Olympic pressure

Monday, July 09 2012 by SNTV
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    Swimming star Sun Yang, and other members of China's aquatic squad left Beijing for London on Sunday to compete at the London Olympics.

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    The days until the Olympics begin are dwindling and the athletes are starting to depart for London.

    China's swimming team left Beijing for their training camp in Bath on Sunday.

    After topping the medal chart at the Games in Beijing with 51 golds four years ago, the pressure will be on the Chinese to impress in the English capital.

    But for 800 and 1500m freestyle world champion, Sun Yang, it is just another tournament.

    SOUNDBITE: (Mandarin) Sun Yang, Chinese Olympic swimmer
    "I am feeling very good and very relaxed. I don't think there is any pressure on me. Like I told many people in my blog, I am just going to London to relax and attend a regular competition. I have no burden on my shoulders at all. I will get one gold medal and I think I will be more than happy if I can get one gold because it means I have made a big breakthrough in my swimming career and for men's swimming in China. I don't expect any pressure from myself or from other people. I will keep my composure and compete in the pool."

    London 2012 will be Sun's second Olympics after competing as a 16-year-old in his home nation.

    Sun has been under the spotlight since he broke Grant Hackett's decade-old 1,500 metres freestyle world record at the World Championships in Shanghai last year.

    The 20-year-old will compete in the 200, 400 and 1,500 metres freestyle events in London.

    Most of Sun's success has been achieved in Chinese waters and the swimmer is now expected to prosper abroad, no matter how relaxed he appears to be.



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