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Sun Yang dominates men's 800m freestyle

Author : Date : 2011-12-31 22:00:27
Sun Yang dominates men's 800m freestyle

China’s Sun Yang is one step closer to his golden treble, that is, to winning all three distance events. The 22-year-old dominated the 800 meter race on Wednesday, winning his second gold with ease.

The Olympic champion over 400 and 15 hundred metres, Sun continues his amazing form in Barcelona where he’d already taken gold in the 400 freestlye on Sunday.

The 1 metre 98 swimmer went on to leave his opponents in awe with an imperious performance at the Palau Sant Jordi. Leading from the buzzer, Sun cruised with ease in lane five and took firm control of the final.

His major rivals, American Michael McBroom and Ryan Cochrane of Canada were close in the first 600 meters. But it seemed Sun always knew where they were and had the extra gear to leave them behind. It was in the closing 150 where Sun shone. He had a two second lead at the final turn and he pulled away, blowing away the field.
 

The rest of Wednesday belonged to the South Africans with two gold
Cameron Van Der Burgh edged the 50 metres breaststroke by one hundredth of a second Christian Sprenger took silver and Van Der Burgh’s compatriot Giulio Zorzi was the winner of the bronze.

And the other springbok winner was Chad le Clos who won the 200 metres butterfly gold. Le Clos in lane 4 took a closely contested an thrilling race.

Le Clos could not establish a comfortable lead, remember he stunned, Micheal Phelps to win the 200 butterfly title in London. Chinese veteran Wu Peng, also in the race, was fighting for a medal in his last world championships. He’d end up with the bronze.

Le Clos glancing across at his rivals desperately trying to stay in front and he did right to the wall a great race. Gold for Le Clos, Pawel Korzeniowski of Poland ranked 2nd. Wu Peng with bronze

Frankin reaps 3rd gold in 200m freestyle

On the women’s side, American Missy Franklin showed why she is on the way to becoming the successor to Michael Phelps as the face of American swimming. Having already won golds in the 100 metres breaststroke and 4 by 100 freestyle relay, The 18 year old faced a tough battle in the 200 hundred metre free.

Camille Muffat of France took the lead at the first turn, only to see her advantage erased by Franklin in the next 50 meters. World record holder Federica Pellegrini of Italy made a late charge. But the 2009 and 2011 champion and could not overhaul the American.

Franklin sealed the victory in one minute 54.81 seconds. Pellegrini took silver. Muffat did end up with the bronze. Franklin decision to sit out the Wednesday’s 50 metres backstroke semi-finals looks to have paid off.

Duque comes back to win high diving

In the much anticipated high diving, Orlando Duque come from behind to to be the first man to be crowned high diving world champion. The 38-year-old took an early lead after the first two rounds. But problems with splash control meant he fell behind behind Gary Hunt of Great Britain before the final dives.

But the fearless Colombian staged a spectacular last effort grabbing 142.80 points. Check it out again. A beautiful move from Dunque and perfect splash control! Meanwhile, Hunt wobbled in his final dive and lost the gold by only zero-point-nine points.

Hunt with good execution of the routine but failed to control his splash. With a total of 590.20 points, Dunque takes the inaugural gold medal of the extreme event. then came Hunt with Mexico’s Jonathan Paredes claimed bronze.