Sun Yang Takes Top Spot; Defending Gold and Silver Medalists Out of 200 Free

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Sun Yang of China rose to the top, after touching second in last night’s 400 freestyle. This morning he clocked a 1:45.75 for the first seed in the men’s 200 freestyle semifinals.

Germany’s Paul Biedermann had a great last half and touched with the second fastest time of the morning in 1:45.78. Chad Le Clos of South Africa swam a gutsy opening 100, under world record pace at the 50 meter mark, and secured third in 1:45.89.

The United States’ Conor Dwyer qualified fourth in 1:45.95. His teammate Townley Haas swam a 1:46.13 for fifth. Great Britain’s James Guy tied Haas for that fifth spot.

Kosuke Hagino of Japan was back in the water with Olympic gold in hand. He’ll head to semifinals seventh with a 1:46.19.

The Netherlands’ Sebastiaan Verschuren posted a 1:46.32 for eighth and Australia’s Thomas Fraser-Holmes swam a 1:46.49 for ninth.

Serbia’s Velimir Stjepanovic (1:46.64), France’s Jeremy Stravius (1:46.67), Dominik Kozma of Hungary (1:46.68), and South Africa’s Devon Myles William Brown also secured semifinal spots.

Venezuela’s Cristian Quintero (1:47.02), Poland’s Kacper Majchrzak (1:47.12), and Russia’s Aleksandr Krasnykh (1:47.15) took the last three spots in semifinals.

The reigning Olympic Champion Yannick Agnel only posted a 1:47.35 after fading at the end. He finished 19th and will not move onto the semifinals. 2012 silver medalist Park Tae Hwan will not advance either with a 29th place 1:48.06.


  1. avatar
    Karl Hallesy

    A cheater for testing positive for steroids. Once a cheater always a cheater. Probably cheating now.

    • avatar

      You must talking about the Australian team. Did you forget the toxic culture of the Australian team at London Olympic? How many Australian took banned drugs? Clean? What a joke!