Double Olympic champion Sun shines on return to action

Reuters| Updated: May 13, 2014, 10:46 AM IST

Beijing: China`s double Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang made a winning return to the pool after a six-month ban, taking an easy victory in the 200 metres freestyle at the National Championships and qualifying for the Asian Games.

It was Sun`s first race since being banned by Chinese swimming authorities in November after a car he was driving without a license collided with a bus. He was also ordered to spend a week in detention and pay a fine.

The 2012 Olympic 400 and 1500m freestyle champion clocked a time of one minute 46.04 seconds in Monday`s race, which was also his first since splitting with long-term coach Zhu Zhigen. Li Yunqi finished second in 1:47.74.

"I`m satisfied with today`s performance. It`s an easy win," the 22-year-old was quoted as saying by the Xinhua news agency.

The 17th Asian Games will be staged in Incheon, South Korea from Sept. 19-Oct. 4.