Shock as Sun Yang misses out on 1500m final

CHINA is reeling after star swimmer Sun Yang missed out on the 1500m final with the controversial national hero placing last in his heat on Friday. 

Fairfax media reports the top trending topic on Weibo - the Chinese Facebook - in the lead up to the race, was Sun Yang has a cold. 

The topic may well have turned out to be true but it points to what appear to be deeper problems with the swimmer who many so was shaken by Mack Horton's statement that he was a drug cheat, 

Last week Horton bested Yang to claim gold in the 400m but in the ead up to the longer distance Yang told television cameras he was the 1500m king - a comment which he has soon come to regret.