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Swimming: Sun wins 800m for second gold success at FINA Worlds


July 31, 2013: Double Olympic champion Sun Yang (pictured) secured his second gold medal of the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, waiting till the end to cut loose and claim the 800m freestyle title.


Sun, who won the 400m freestyle world crown on the first day, did just enough to remain slightly ahead of his rivals for most of the race. He was content to stay less than a second in front for 700 metres before pulling away in the last 100 metres to win in 7:41.36.


Sun was well outside the 7:32.12 world mark set by compatriot Lin Zhang in Rome in 2009, when he became first Chinese man to win a swimming title at the long-course World Championships.


Silver went to Michael McBroom of the USA, who came through in the second half of the race and finished in 7:43.60.


Ryan Cochrane of Canada won the battle for bronze, touching in 7:43.70 ahead of the second American, Connor Jaeger, who clocked 7:44.26. That reversed their placings in the 400m, when Jaeger collected the bronze.


It was Cochrane’s third world medal in this non-Olympic event, following bronze in 2009 and silver in 2011. Cochrane, the 2012 Olympic 1500m freestyle silver medallist, also collected world silver medals in the 1500 in 2009 and 2011.


Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia, the only man to have won Olympic titles in both pool and open water, finished eighth and last in 7:52.79. Mellouli, gold medallist in the open water 5km and bronze medallist in the 10km in Barcelona, won the Olympic 1500m freestyle in 2008 and the Olympic 10km open water race in 2012.


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Source: Derek Parr/FINA, Photo: FINA


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