China Olympic swimming champion Sun jailed for seven days

China's Sun Yang celebrates after winning a gold medal at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, (31 July 2013)

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Chinese Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang has been sentenced to seven days in police detention for driving without a licence.

He was caught when a Porsche jeep he was driving in his hometown of Hangzhou collided with a bus on Sunday.

Sun won Olympic gold in the 400m and 1,500m freestyle events at London 2012.

In a statement, the swimmer apologised and said he had a poor knowledge of the law because he had been "focusing on training and competition".

Writing on Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, the 21-year-old athlete said he had failed as a role model, and he would reflect on his behaviour.

According to Chinese state media, Mr Sun claimed the jeep he was driving belonged to a relative.

The swimmer - China's first male Olympic swimming champion - has been in the news before for his exploits out of the pool.

Earlier this year he reportedly fell out with his coach over a relationship with an air hostess.

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