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Chinese Olympic star Sun Yang failed May drugs test
The ban, following a positive test for the stimulant trimetazidine, was imposed in July, the agency said, citing the China Anti-Doping Agency. Sun competed in the Asian Games in September, where he took gold in the 1,500 and 400 metres freestyle, and the 4 x 100 relay. Xinhua did not immediately explain why the positive result had only come to light now, or how Sun was able to take part in the Incheon event. Trimetazidine was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list in January this year, Xinhua said. Sun said he used it for medical reasons and had been unaware that it was included on the list, it added. Sun won the 400 and 1500 metres freestyle events at the 2012 London Olympics, and also has five world championship golds to his name, but has frequently faced controversy during his career. It was only the latest incident to embroil Sun, who has frequently battled with authority, leading to jail time and prolonged suspensions from the swimming pool. After the ban was lifted, Sun returned to the pool at the national championships, winning the 200m freestyle title days before his positive test.

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