HANGZHOU, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Triple Olympic champion Sun Yang said that he still maintained top form to compete at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games in an interview after the signing ceremony of automobile services' official partners of the 19th Asian Games.
"I'm willing to compete at the Hangzhou Asian Games, but I won't set myself a limit. If I did so, I might leave the pool with ease. But I'm still in the best condition, so there is no reason to give up," said Sun. He also mentioned that whether 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games will be his curtain call has not yet been considered, and the top priority at present is a down-to-earth attitude and hard work in daily training.
Sun is now facing the challenges from rising stars, such as Matsumoto Katsuhiro from Japan, who recently broke men's 200m freestyle record set by Sun in Chinese National Championships. Talking about the Gwangju World Championships, Sun still felt confident. "I know he is 0.1 second ahead of me, but it doesn't really matter how well others perform. At Gwangju Championships, my goal is 1:44.5, so he didn't put any pressure or threat on me."
"Now I'm trying to accumulate more experiences by swimming with different paces in 200m freestyle, since I'm still not so skilled at it. The key task for me is to take part in as many races as possible to pace myself," said Sun, adding that "No one can always be the best in all events. But as long as I appear in the pool, my opponent will feel great pressure. "
Sun also disclosed that he would participate some of the FINA championship series without affecting his preparation for Gwangju World Championships.