China Takes Home Two Gold Medals in Swimming
South Korea’s defending champion for the 400m freestyle Park Tae-Hwan was defeated by China’s swimming sensation Sun Yang to win a historic Olympic Gold medal for China. Then the feat was followed by 16 year old Ye Shiwen who smashed the world record in the women’s 400m individual medley by a second. Was more remarkable is that she swam the last 50 meters faster that in the new men’s 400 individual medley champion.
Ye, a teenager from Hangzhou, said that she didn’t even notice that how far ahead she was swimming. What’s also great about Ye’s record of 4 minutes 28.43 seconds that she swam wearing a textile suit which broke the record of Stephanie Rice of 4:29.45 during the age of polyester suits. Sun also did a magnificent performance by narrowing the gap with Park in the third 100 meters before bursting into the home stretch and overtook Park and setting a new Olympic record of 3:40.14 and making Sun the first male swimmer to claim an Olympic Gold.
Sun who was at last year’s Shanghai World Championships said that he was under a lot of pressure since his coach was sick and he dedicates his victory to him. The gold medal ended one of the most awaited clash between Park and Sun. Sun finally succeeded and to revenge on Park after he was defeated in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games and the Shanghai World Championships.