Veteran Wu Peng defends 200m butterfly crown at National Games

09:06, October 21, 2009      

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Asian champion Wu Peng defended his trademark 200m butterfly crown on Tuesday at the National Games to recover from an earlier upsetting fifth place in the 400m individual medley.


Zhejiang's Wu Peng celebrates after winning the men's 200m butterfly final at the 11th Chinese National Games in Jinan, east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 20, 2009. Wu clocked 1 minute 54.40 seconds to win the title. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

Wu surged through the water in 1:54.40, comfortably beating second-placed Chen Weiwu who clocked 1:55.51.

Chen Yin from north China's Hebei province, who qualified first for the final, settled for a bronze medal in 1:56.36.


Zhejiang's Wu Peng celebrates after winning the men's 200m butterfly final at the 11th Chinese National Games in Jinan, east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 20, 2009. Wu clocked 1 minute 54.40 seconds to win the title. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

Wu, defending champion and national record holder of the event, placed second overall after Sunday's preliminary and semifinal.

The overwhelming favorite, silver medalist of the 2007 Worlds and fourth-placed at Beijing Olympics, rocketed to a breathtaking victory as he trailed the two Chens in the first half of the race but quickly turned over to lead the last 50m.


Zhejiang's Wu Peng competes during the men's 200m butterfly final at the 11th Chinese National Games in Jinan, east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 20, 2009. Wu clocked 1 minute 54.40 seconds to win the title. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

Wu tasted sorrow in the men's 400m individual medley final two days ago when he was thrown out of the podium with a fifth place, nearly five seconds behind gold winner Huang Chaosheng.

Source: Xinhua
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