Sun Yang of China attends the awarding ceremony after winning the gold medal of the Men's 200m Freestyle Final in the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Aug 19, 2018. (PHOTO / XINHUA)
JAKARTA - Three-time Olympic champion Sun Yang claimed victory in the men's 200m freestyle at the 18th Asian Games here on Sunday, making a Golden Grand Slam in the 200, 400, 1,500m free from the Asian Games, World Championships and Olympic Games.
The swim king, who clocked a time of 1 minute 45.43 seconds for the title, led Chinese charge in the swimming pool against arch-rival Japan, wrapping up four out of seven golds on offer.
Sun Yang of China competes during the Men's 200m Freestyle Final in the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Aug. 19, 2018. Sun Yang on the gold medal. (PHOTO / XINHUA)
For eight years from Guangzhou 2010 until now, I have been waiting for this gold medal in 200m at the Asian Games ... My dream comes true finally ...
Sun Yang, Chinese swimmer
Wang Jianjiahe and Li Bingjie, both at 16, gave China a one-two finish in the women's 1,500m freestyle while world champion Xu Jiayu celebrated his 23-year birthday with a gold medal from men's 100m backstroke in a Games record of 52.34. Liu Yaxin won women's 200m backstroke title at 2:07.65.
"For eight years from Guangzhou 2010 until now, I have been waiting for this gold medal in 200m at the Asian Games. Not many swimmers could have waited for eight years in three Asian Games like me. My dream comes true finally. I am very excited," said Sun, who ran to the stand and shook hands with his parents.
Sun, who collected three titles from 400m, 1,500m free and 4X200m freestyle relay in Incheon Asian Games, will compete in the 400m, 800m, 1,500m and relay in Jakarta.
Japan, the host of the 2020 Summer Olympics, posed a real threat to China by winning the remaining three golds in pool, including women's 4X100m freestyle relay title with a Games record of 3:36 52.
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Li Bingjie (left) and Wang Jianjiahe (center) attend the awarding ceremony after the Women's 1500m Freestyle final in the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Aug. 19, 2018. Li won the silver medal. Wang won the gold medal. (PHOTO / XINHUA)
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