Qi Hui lifted women's 200m individual medley swimming title at the 23rd Universiade on Saturday, the second gold medal for the Chinese delegation, while Poland, overtaking the United States, led the medal tally.
Qi, twenty-year-old, leading in the preliminaries, clocked 2:14.99 in the final, her second best result this year.
Lagging behind her rivals before taking to breaststroke, Qi overpassed her opponents in the last 100m, and led the way to secure the gold medal, edging Helen Norfolk of New Zealand into second place at 2:16.03. The bronze medal went to Nicole Hetzer of Germany at 2:17.22.
"I was in good form, but encountered a tough challenge," Qi said in smile, "I'm used to open swimming pool though I usually train indoors."
The world champion (short-course) tipped tomorrow's 200m breaststroke would be stiffer, "because some American girls are really good."
Out of six disciplines contested Saturday, Poland bagged home two gold medals, China, Japan, Germany and France won one gold apiece.
In women's 100m butterfly, Polish Otylia Jedrzejczak stole the show by setting a new Universiade record at 58.74 to secure the gold medal. Briton Sarah Healey finished runner-up at 1:00.09, while Demerae Christianson of the United States took away the bronze at 1:00.16.
Japan savored the taste of gold medal through Aya Terakawa, who lifed women's 50m-backstroke title at 29.06, edging Canadian Jennifer Carroll and Sviatlana Khakhlova of Belarus into second and third places, separately at 29.32 and 29.42.
Germany led 1-2 finish in women's 100m-freestyle through Petra Dallmann and Annika Liebs, who finished at 55.35 and 55.97. Jana Myskova of Czech clinched a bronze medal at 56.40.
Polish Przemyslaw Stanczyk made it in men's 700 freestyle at 7:57.00. Russia Yury Prilukov finished runner-up at 7:57.05 and Takeshi Matsuda of Japan ranked third at 7:58.82.
For the last men's 4x100m freestyle, France touched home first at 3:19.91, Britain and the United States came out second and third, at 3:20.27 and 3:20.45.
Poland, up to now the big winner, has won four gold medals and one bronze. The United States ranked second with two golds, one silver and two bronzes. Japan bagged one gold, two silvers and three bronzes, to place third in the swimming medal tally.