China’s Sun wins gold at Asian championships



MICHAEL CASEY | AP

Published — Friday 16 November 2012

Last update 15 November 2012 11:12 pm

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Chinese swimmer Sun Yang picked up where he left off at the London Olympics by winning his first gold medal at the Asian championships on Thursday.
Sun’s victory in the 200-meter freestyle marked a night in which China dominated in the pool, winning eight of the 10 races. The only swimmers to break China’s dominance was Chang Guy-cheol of South Korea, the 2010 Youth Olympic champion who won the 100 butterfly, and Hiroko Makino of Japan, who won the women’s 400.
Sun, who collected two golds, a silver and a bronze in London and broke his own 1,500 world record, won the 200 in a championship-record 1 minute, 45.49 seconds, 4.18 seconds faster than teammate Hao Yun.
Also, Olympic bronze medalist Tang Yi won the 100 free while Wang Shun won the men’s 400 in a championship record time of 4:16.59.
Sun is by far the biggest name at the competition which is traditionally dominated by Chinese swimmers. This year their dominance is more pronounced, since neither the Japanese nor the South Koreans sent their top swimmers.
Even so, Sun said he felt the Asia championships would serve as good “intensity training” since he had not competed since the Olympics. Along with gold in the 200, Sun is targeting gold in the 400 and 50.

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