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China gets first gold medal in swimming in Rio


08-09-2016 15:48 BJT

Full coverage: 2016 Rio Olympics

Day Three of action in Rio where the big highlight of China's day belongs to Sun Yang as the swimmer lined up for the final of the men's 200-meter freestyle with heavy expectations to capture the first swimming gold of these Games for China. Sun was disappointed to finish second in the 400-meter freestyle and was eager to make amends in the 200-meter.

But the Chinese would get off to a slow start while South Africa's Chad le Clos moved ahead by nearly a body length. But Sun closed the gap in the second 100 meters and was hot on Le Clos' heels as they reached the 150-meter mark. Sun continued to pour it on after the last turn and managed to pull ahead in the final stretch. The 24-year-old would finally go in front and seal the victory in 1 minute 44.65 seconds. Sun clinching his third Olympic gold while Le Clos takes second.

In the men's 100 metres backstroke, China's Xu Jiayu would go on to finish in second place to win the silver medal while American Ryan Murphy breaks the Olympic record with a time of 51.97 seconds to take the gold.

On the women's side, China's Fu Yuanhui was looking to earn a place on the podium in the 100-meter backstroke. But it would be Hungary's Katinka Hosszu prevailing to claim her second gold of the Games, edging out Kathleen Baker of the United States. Fu and Canada's Kylie Masse tied for bronze.

Earlier in the pool, China's Lin Yue and Chen Aisen would be stellar in their performance in the men's synchronised 10-meter platform. Chen and Lin -- receiving several 10s in their six round of dives. The Chinese duo, finished about 40-points clear of silver medallists David Boudia and Steele Johnson of the USA. It's China's second diving gold.

In artistic gymnastics, China's men's were looking to make it a hat-trick of titles after prevailing in 2008 and 2012 Games, but the young squad made several mistakes. That allowed the Japanese team led by veteran Uchimura Kohei to the top of the podium. China settle for bronze, and Russia get silver.

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