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Sun Yang, superstar

By Lei Lei (China Daily)

09:40, September 13, 2012

Sun Yang, representing Zhejiang University, swims the first round of the men's 200m freestyle at the University Games of China in Tianjin on Wednesday. (China Daily)

Star Chinese swimmer Sun Yang has a good idea of what it's like to be iconic hurdler Liu Xiang now - minus the injuries, of course.

Wherever Sun goes, he is swamped by large crowds of fans and reporters and endless flashing cameras.

After claiming two gold medals, one silver and one bronze at the London Olympic Games and setting a world record in the men's 1,500m freestyle, the 19-year-old Sun became China's latest sports star. However, his achievements have brought him not only applause and prize money, but also rumors and disputes.

The ongoing ninth University Games of China in Tianjin have provided Sun with the opportunity to compete for the first time since the London Games, as well as a chance to face both his fans and critics.

As the biggest star at the Tianjin games, which run from Sept 8-18, Sun drew the spotlight when he arrived in the city on Sunday night. Although the organizers made special arrangements for Sun's arrival, he was still exposed to the media as soon as he disembarked the plane and some hard questions were asked.

Photos on a website show his mother being rude to photographers who wanted to shoot him after a training session on Tuesday. He said nothing to reporters after training and left the venue as quickly as possible with his mother.

An entry on Sina Weibo by someone in Tianjin later on Tuesday claimed Sun threatened to withdraw from the meet due to the preliminary session being "too early" and sat in a luxury car, allegedly provided by the organizing committee, while ignoring all reporters except those from CCTV.

It was re-tweeted more than 1,000 times in short order. Sun had to clear up the incident at a media conference that afternoon.

"I am the same Sun Yang as before. I have no intention of putting on airs," Sun said at the event, which was specially arranged by the organizers. "I only hope the public can leave some private room for me."

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