Ma Xiang wins 200m breast stroke

2009-10-22 18:05 BJT

There was a strong comeback in the men's 200m breast stroke.

Xue Ruipeng of the Shanxi team in lane 5 was the favorite to win. Tianjin's rising star Ma Xiang was next to him in lane 6. He had won bronze in the men's 100 meter breast stroke one day ago.

Xue Ruipeng led the race from the start...

Ma did not have a great start. After the first turn, he was not even in the first three.

And at 100 meter point, dark horse Xie Zhi overcame Xue to become the leader... But Xue was not about to give up, he regained the lead just after the final turn.

Ma Xiang was playing catch-up in the final stage. In the last 50 meters, Ma speeded up to become the surprise winner in the men's 200m breast stroke.

Huang Chaosheng from Hunan took the silver and Xue Ruipeng of Shanxi took the bronze.

This is Tianjin's 1st swimming gold, marking their 18th gold in total. 18-year-old Ma will try to repeat his success in three team relay events for Tianjin.


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