China’s Zhang Lin will not defend his 800 metres freestyle title at this month’s world championships in Shanghai because he is “out of shape”.
“He is still far from his top form and is in an adjustment period now,” said national coach Yao Zhengjie, who has limited China’s most recognisable swimmer to just one individual event.
“We decided to let him only swim in the 200m freestyle in Shanghai. We believe it’s the best choice for him. He’s out of his best shape.”
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