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China adds two gold medals to collection in Budapest

26 Jul 2017
Budapest, Hungary, July 25, 2017: China won two more swimming gold medals at the 17th FINA World Championships at the Duna Arena on Tuesday, including a second of the meet for freestyle powerhouse Sun Yang. Sun, who had won the 400m freestyle on Sunday, added the 200m title to his collection, and was joined in China’s list of golden heroes by Xu Jiayu in the men’s 100m backstroke.

After his convincing win in the 400m free here in Budapest, the 2016 Olympic champion Sun was the man to watch in the 200m freestyle final. The Chinese star, owner of 13 medals at the FINA World Championships before this final, “observed” his main challengers in the first 100m and then applied his “turbo” and touched home for gold in 1:44.39. 

Sun said: "It was a great race, especially the last 50 metres were pretty good. It is one of the hardest races for me." In the men’s 100m backstroke final, 2016 Olympic silver medallist Xu took the lead with a “bullet” start (reaction time of 0.51) and controlled operations until the end, getting the gold in 52.44 seconds.

Xu commented: "Of course I am happy about becoming a world champion, yet I am not satisfied with my time. I was aiming to break the world record. In the semi-finals I almost made it, hence my hopes for the final. Based on my training times I do have the potential and I hope I will make it soon. “Last year I took silver in Rio, and now it is a gold so it is definitely one step further.”

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