Sun Yang Breaks Ian Thorpe’s Olympic Record

Another Olympic Record that has stood since Sydney was downed in finals tonight at the London Aquatic Center. Sun Yang (CHN) took down superstar Ian Thorpe‘s (AUS) record in the 400m Freestyle to win China’s first medal in the pool and the country’s third gold of these Games. Sun Yang posted a 3:40.14, just off Paul Biedermann‘s (GER) World Record at 3:40.07 and besting Thorpe’s Olympic mark at 3:40.59. When set in Sydney in 2000, Thorpe’s time set a new World Record and won him the gold medal. Tae Hwan Park (KOR) took the race out fast, well under world record pace, but Sun Yang’s endurance was enough to run Park down in the final 100 meters for the gold. Park took silver, almost 2 seconds back in 3:42.06 and Peter Vanderkaay (USA) finished in 3:44.46 which was enough for bronze.

Splits Compared:

Men’s 400m Freestyle 50m 100m (50m) 150m (50m) 200m (50m) 250m (50m) 300m (50m) 350m (50m) 400m (50m)
Ian Thorpe (Sydney 2000) OR (WR) 52.64 1:48.86 2:45.09 3:40.59
Paul Biedermann (Rome 2009) AR 26.29 54.42 (28.13) 1:22.43 (28.59) 1:51.02 (28.59) 2:18.78 (27.76) 2:47.17 (28.39) 3:14.30 (27.13) 3:40.07 (25.77)
Sun Yang (London 2012) OR 25.83 53.59 (27.76) 1:21.93 (28.34) 1:50.52 (28.59) 2:18.50 (27.98) 2:46.64 (28.14) 3:13.74 (27.10) 3:40.14 (26.40)


Thorpe’s swim at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney:

Biedermann’s swim at the 2009 World Championships in Rome

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8 years ago

i am not sure if it’s possible, but you might consider making a forum on the live results articles, judging by the comment sections.

8 years ago

Should be Yang glides to the wall to throw away WR

Reply to  drdov
8 years ago

I actually think you’re right… He probably could have gotten there.

8 years ago

Sun Yang made a loose finish gliding a bit at the end.He can definitely, beat WR in a next meeting.