RENANG INDONESIA-Chinese swimming prodigy Sun Yang even without much preparation showcased just why he is one of the best young swimming talents in the world.
On a day when
dominated the results during the first day of the ninth Asian Swimming
Championships, Sun Yang broke the Championship record with a display oozing
perfection at the 200m freestyle event with a time of 1:45:49 beating off
compatriot Hao Yun and Misuzu Yabu of Japan.
In his press conference before the tournament Yang played down expectations but showed just why he won two gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics.
The country blew away the competition although
South Korea’s Chang Gyu-Cheol temporarily
stopped China’s dominance
with gold in the 100m butterfly as he beat China’s Chen Yin over two laps.
Xiayan Li opened
medal haul beating off Japan’s
Yoshiki Yamanaka and Hong Kong’s Chun Yan
That dominance continued throughout the day barring Gyu-Cheol’s win.
Zhao Jing and Fu Yuanhui came in first and second respectively in the women’s 50m backstroke with
Singapore’s Tao Li securing third
place and a bronze medal.
Ha Sinan won the women’s 200m butterfly competition before Sun Yang wrapped off
gold haul with a brilliant display.
The double gold medal winner will now perform in the 400m and 1,500m freestyle competitions on Friday and Saturday.
Dr Ahmad Al Sharif, the Secretary General of the Dubai Sports Council, Sheikh Khalid Mohammed Al Badr Al Sabah, the President of the Asian Swimming Federation (AASF) and Ahmed Al Falasi, the President of the UAE Swimming Federation launched the event with speeches during the opening ceremony of the games.
The tournament will take place till November 25 and fans can get tickets for AED 20 for a day pass while a season pass is available for AED 80 right at the venue.
The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Sports Complex has received massive praise from swimmers with Sun Yang in his press conference calling it better than the London Aquatics Centre where he won his two gold medals.