Asia: Sun Wins 200 Free, But Will His Success Translate To His Mile?


After getting touched out in the 400 free on day 1, China’s Sun Yang swam to his first gold of these Games, earning the top of the podium in the men’s 200 freestyle. Sun hit the wall in 1:44.65, beating out South Africa’s Chad Le Clos (1:45.20) and Team USA’s Conor Dwyer (1:45.23) to win his first title in this race. With that, he’s now got 2 medals from the Rio Olympic Games to his name.

Sun isn’t finished in Rio just yet. He’ll also be looking to defend his Olympic title in the 1500 free later in the meet. We haven’t seen a lot of distance swimming from Sun in recent years. Last summer, he made headlines when he was a no show in the 1500 free final the the 2015 FINA World Championships. He also scratched out of the event when he was slated to swim it at the Arena Pro Swim in Santa Clara earlier this year. There’s not a lot of indication about Sun’s distance free form, but if he can match his success in the middle distance races, he’s definitely a gold medal contender.

Aside from Sun, 2 other Asian swimmers earned medals in their races tonight. First was China’s Fu Yuanhui, who tied for 3rd in the women’s 100 back with Canadian Kylie Masse. Yuanhui broke a Chinse Record that was formerly held by Zhao Jing, lowering the mark from a 58.94 to a 58.76.

Also in the 100 back, China’s Xu Jiayu grabbed a silver medal in Chinese Record setting fashion on the men’s side. Jiayu swam the race in 52.31, bettering his previous personal best and Chinese Record of 52.34 from 2014 Chinese Nationals.

Also of note was Siobhan Haughey‘s swim in the 200 free, which set a new Hong Kong Record. Haughey swam a 1:56.91 to move up from 28th seed to 9th after prelims. Haughey is now the 9th fastest Asian performer in history, behind eight different Chinese women.

Records Broken on Day 3:

  • Women’s 200 Free- Siobhan Haughey, 1:56.91, Hong Kong Record
  • Women’s 100 Back- Fu Yuanhui, 58.76, Chinese Record
  • Men’s 100 Back- Xu Jiayu, 52.31, Chinese Record

Asia Swimming Medal Table:

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
CHN 1 2 1 4
JPN 1 0 1 2

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6 years ago

He seems pretty heavy on the water both in 400 and 200, I don’t think he can bear paltrinieri and horton pace.
If they both underperform (a 14.42 pace) maybe he can win but if they put a solid race (14.37) he has no chance.
Before the start of the OG I had put money on this podium: paltrinieri (14.32), horton (14.37) and jaeger (14.42).

Reply to  Emanuele
6 years ago

I couldn’t agree more. He looks heavier and more powerful. That is typical of a maturing swimmer particularly one who is partial to PED’s. Paltrinieri will thrash him, with Horton and Jeager likely to keep him off the podium. We will have to wait at least 4 years before we can recognise his Gold in the 200m free. In all likelihood Chad Le Clos will be re-awarded his medal.

Reply to  Billabong
6 years ago

Stop acting like the Olympic committee. Sun does not need your recognition to dominate the free swim. And you’ll have to come back here in 4 years to apologize if you are a true man.

Stan Smith
6 years ago

Cannot get over the length of Sun Yang’s FINGERNAILS … This dude is sporting like a 2inch long claws…

What’s next ? “Sun Yang-ina “

World o swim
6 years ago


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Reply to  World o swim
6 years ago

#Stilnox #ToxicCulture #AustralianOlympicSwimmingTeam2012

Try Harder
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6 years ago

#ToxicCulture #Stilnox

Lennart van Haaften
6 years ago

Is 5 individual freestyle medals a record? Tied with Daniels, Popov, Hall Jr, VDH, Thorpe, maybe more?

Lennart van Haaften
Reply to  Lennart van Haaften
6 years ago

Zoltán Halmay has 6, nevermind.

Lauren Neidigh
Reply to  Lennart van Haaften
6 years ago

He could get that 6th one in the 1500 though! Thanks for pointing that out

6 years ago

What a cheater

6 years ago

Congratulations to Sun Yang for a great win.

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