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Sun Yang wins gold in 200m freestyle at Asian Games

(Xinhua)    07:59, August 20, 2018

Three-time Olympic champion Sun Yang claimed victory in the men's 200m freestyle at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta on Sunday, making a Golden Grand Slam in the 200, 400, 1,500m free from the Asian Games, the World Championships and the Olympic Games.

Sun Yang of China celebrates after winning the gold medal at men's 200m freestyle final at the GBK Aquatics Center in Jakarta, Indonesia on Aug 19, 2018. [Photo: Xinhua]

The GBK Aquatic Center was turned into home turf by his fans with the Chinese national flags, slogans and big pictures.

Being the Asian record holder in the 200m, Sun has never won the event prior to the 2018 Asian Games. He placed 5th in the first 50 meters, fourth in the 100 and dominated the course since 150, clocking a time of 1:45.43 for the title.

"For eight years from Guangzhou 2010 until now, I have been waiting for this gold medal in 200m at the Asian Games. Not many swimmers could have waited for eight years in three Asian Games like me. My dream comes true finally. I am very excited," said Sun, who ran to the stand and shook hands with his parents.

"I realize my dream and make a Golden Grand Slam in 200, 400, 1,500 from the Asian Games, the World Championships and the Olympic Games. I feel honored and proud of myself."

Sun, winner of 400, 1,500m freestyle in 2012 London Olympic Games and 200m free champion in 2016 Rio Olympic Games, said that he has changed his training focus to mid-long distance recently.

"I trained very hard this year, especially in the long distance. Some people might be worried about my 200m, but in fact, I did a good job and I am satisfied with my result tonight."

Katsu Matsumoto of Japan came to second in 1:46.50 and Ji Xinjie of China finished third in 1:46.68.

Sun, who collected three titles from 400m, 1,500m free and 4X200m freestyle relay in Incheon Asian Games, will compete in the 400m, 800m, 1,500m and relay in Jakarta.

"After the first event, I feel more confident and relaxed. I want to win more gold medals for my team China, "Sun said.

In addition, Chinese swimmers Wang Jianjiahe and Li Bingjie claimed the gold and silver medals in the women's 1500m freestyle event at the 2018 Asian Games.

Liu Yaxin of China wins gold medal at women's 200m backstroke final of the Games. 

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