CONTROVERSIAL ZETAO’S NO-SHOW
China’s Ning Zetao will not defend his 100-metre freestyle world title next month after failing to qualify for the Budapest showpiece, state media said yesterday. The fresh-faced Ning, a fan favourite in China after winning the world championship crown in 2015, clocked 49.67 seconds this week in his 100m free heat in a trial for the Chinese National Games, his first competitive race since last year’s Rio Olympics, Xinhua news agency said. However, Zetao, 24, then quit the final, citing a waist injury. Ning has a colourful past. He served a one-year suspension after testing positive for the prohibited substance clenbuterol in 2011, and in February this year he was thrown out of the China team for “violating the rules”. He failed to qualify for the 100m freestyle final at Rio.