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Xie Zhenye stuns a stronger Su and Zhang to win China's national title

(Xinhua)    10:30, September 04, 2017

Xie Zhenye wins the 100m title at the China National Games (photo/Xinhua)

TIANJIN, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Xie Zhenye stunned his fellow Beijing Worlds relay silver medalists Su Bingtian and Zhang Peimeng by winning the 100m title at the China National Games here on Sunday.

Xie, 24, timed a personal best of 10.04 seconds to beat the two iconic figures Su Bingtian and Zhang Peimeng in the blue ribbon event.

Xie was a member of the 4x100m relay team that won a historic silver in 2015 Beijing World Championships, and he was teamed up with Su and Zhang again at London World Championships, where they placed fourth.

"It is unbelieveable that I take my first National Games gold medal. Normally Su and Zhang run faster than me but today I held on to my own rhythm and the strategy worked well," said Xie.

"Su's start is very fast so it is easy to get wrong footed running beside him. Fortunately I started in the fourth lane while he was put in the seventh," he added.

"Another thing that contributed to my victory is that I improved my skills. The win tells me that I am on the right track and I just need to finetune my skills in the future."

Su, the first Asian finalist in the 100m event at the world championships, hoped for a second runner-up finish in as many National Games could become a motivation to carry on.

"I am in good shape now and just lost my rhythm in the race. It surely is a regret for me but I think this could be my motivation," said the 28-year old Su, took away silver in 10.10.

Zhang came sixth in 10.30, far from a perfect ending to his career as the 30-year old is ready to hang up his running spikes after the National Games.

"To be honest, I am surprised at Xie's performance. He was injured during the world championships and recovered so well in less than a month. I think this young man has a bright future," said Zhang, who is the first Chinese ever to beat the 10-second barrier when he clocked 10 seconds in the 2013 Moscow worlds semifinals.

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