Sun earns second gold in Dubai
Olympic star Sun Yang picked up his second gold medal of the Asian swimming championships as the Chinese dominated for a second straight day in Dubai on Friday.
Sun's victory in the 400-metre freestyle was one of five golds won by China in the nine out of 10 races - to go with eight out of 10 on the opening day. The only swimmer to break China's lock on the competition on Friday was Kazuki Kohinata of Japan who won the men's 100 breaststroke.
Olympic bronze medalist Tang Yi also picked up her second gold, edging out compatriot Wang Haibing in the 50 free, while Olympic silver medalist Lu Ying took gold in the women's 50 butterfly. But Tang fell just short in a bid for a third gold, losing out to two-time Olympic medalist Pang Jiaying also of China in the women's 200 freestyle.
"I am very happy. I like it here," said Tang, who won two golds and a bronze at the 2010 world championships in Dubai. "I am happy with my times so far and I have enjoyed racing again."
China also set two more records for a total of five, as Zhang Fenglin won the men's 200 backstroke in a championship time of 1:56.38, almost two and a half seconds faster than the old record set in 2006. The men's 4x200 free relay team won gold in a championship time of 7:21.32, .62 second faster than the 2009 record also set by China.
Sun, who collected two golds, a silver and a bronze in London and broke his own 1 500 world record, won the 400 in a championship record 3:42.49, 12 seconds faster than his closest rival Hao Yun of China. It was never close as Sun pulled away after the first 50 metres and finished almost a half-length ahead of Hao.
Sun is by far the biggest name at the competition which is traditionally dominated by Chinese swimmers. This year their dominance is more pronounced, since neither the Japanese nor the South Koreans sent their top swimmers. In a sign of just how overwhelming China was on Friday, it won 17 of 30 overall medals.