Sun Yang Charges To Gold In 200 Free Final; le Clos Takes Home Silver

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Men’s 200 Free FINAL:

South Africa’s Chad le Clos jumped to an immediate lead in finals of the men’s 200 free, taking full advantage of his underwaters to separate himself from the competition. Despite his early jump to the lead it was not enough to hold off China’s Sun Yang who made his move at the 150-meter mark. Yang charged to the wall to earn the gold medal with a time of 1:44.65.

Le Clos settled for second and the silver medal with a 1:45.20, just barely out-touching Conor Dwyer of the USA. Dwyer took bronze with a 1:45.23.

Swimming in the outside lane James Guy of Great Britain improved upon his position to finish the dreaded fourth with a 1:45.49.

NCAA and American SCY Record holder in this event, Townley Haas, picked up fifth with a final time of 1:45.58, while the World Record holder, Paul Biedermann, took sixth with a 1:45.84.

Japan’s Kosuke Hagino slid to seventh with a 1:45.90, just ahead of Russia’s Aleksandr Krasnykh’s 1:45.91.

Click here to view full results from day three finals.

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Taylor Brien is the Circulation and Operations Manager at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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