Chinese swimmers won gold medals and a bronze at the Fina World Championships.
China’s Sun Yang got a bit of payback for his Olympic defeat in the men’s 400 free, pulling away from rival Mack Horton of Australia.
Yang was in a league of his own in a stacked field that featured the past three Olympic champions: Horton (2016), Sun (2012) and South Korea’s Park Tae-hwan (2008).
“I have no exact target for the week,” the 25-year-old Sun said through an interpreter. “I’m in a lot of pain. I’ve been training a lot for the last year. I’m also getting old, so there are a couple of injuries here and there. I’m always wrapped up in tape after every competition.”
The Chinese star finished more than two body lengths ahead of the field, finishing in 3:41.38. Horton settled for the silver, far back at 3:43.85, while Park finished fourth behind bronze medalist Gabriele Detti of Italy.
China’s Xu Jiayu won the gold in the Men’s 100 backstroke time of 52.44. It is China’s first gold in the event in world championships.
China’s Li Bingjie claimed the bronze medal in the women’s 400-meter freestyle.
Story by The Associated Press with additional information from CGTN.