Sun Yang (CHN) celebrates after winning his men's 200m freestyle semifinal during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Aquatics Centre.
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BARCELONA, Spain, July 28. CHINA's Sun Yang definitely showed some emotion after winning the men's 400-meter freestyle at the FINA World Championship. The usually stoic and/or macho victor, Sun broke down after what proved to be a meaningful title following a rocky year this year.

Sun, who had a magical summer in London with Olympic gold and world records, had a tough time jumping right back into the water this past year. With the Chinese Swimming Federation releasing information about how much of his money they deserved, as well as a row regarding his relationship with a flight attendant, Sun's been a bit off the reservation for China this year.

Tonight, he demonstrated all he needs is a lane to quiet his detractors as he scorched the middle distance freestyle with a 3:41.59. That cut more than a second off his previous world-best time this year of 3:42.96 from Chinese Nationals and is the 10th fastest time all time in the event. The win provided Sun his first world title in the event after a runner-up finish to Tae Hwan Park in 2011.

Japan's Kosuke Hagino, known much more for his 400 IM wizardry, overtook USA's Connor Jaeger at the wall for silver, 3:44.82 to 3:44.85. Jaeger had been making a case for silver from outside in lane one before Hagino powered home down the stretch. Hagino bettered his already third-ranked standing in the world, clearing the 3:45.42 he posted in Niigata earlier this year, while Jaeger vaulted from sixth in the world to fourth overall.

Canada's Ryan Cochrane finished just outside the medals with a 3:45.02, while Great Britain's James Guy took fifth in 3:47.96.

South Africa's Devon Myles Brown (3:48.40), Australia's Jordan Harrison (3:48.40) and China's Hao Yun (3:48.88) also vied for the world title this evening.

Results: FINA World Championships: Men's 400 Free Finals

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