At the beginning of the decade, Sun Yang was one of the top distance swimmers in the world. The Chinese won the Gold Medal in the 1,500 meter free in 2012, took the world title twice, and broke the world record in 2011. But since 2013, his performance in distance events has dropped off, including a loss at the 2016 Olympics. This, however, has not deterred Sun. He has switched his focus to mid-distance events, and has dominated them. His accomplishments have earned him Swimming World’s Pacific Rim Male Swimmer of the Year Award for the fourth time in his career. Sun won the world championship in both the 200 and 400 free this year. In fact, since winning a Gold Medal in the 400 in the 2012 Olympics, Sun has only lost the event once in international competition.
In a decade’s worth of international competition, Australian Emily Seebohm has racked up five Olympic medals and 14 World Championship medals. While endometriosis affected her performance at the Rio Olympics, surgery corrected the condition, and Seebohm came back strong in 2017 to capture Swimming World’s Pacific Rim Female Swimmer of the Year Award. She won the 200 back at the World Championships, picked up silver medals in two relays, and a bronze in the 100 back. Your text to link… Seebohm also ended up ranked Number One in the world in the 200 back.