AKUATIK, Missy Franklin (USA) bagged her third
Barcelona gold and Chad le Clos (RSA) claimed one more
global title that had belonged to Michael Phelps on Day 4 of swimming at the
FINA World Championships. Yang Sun (CHN), furthering his quest for a distance
freestyle treble, added the 800m crown to the 400m title he won on Day 1, while
Cameron van der Burgh made it double gold on the day for South Africa with
victory in the men's 50m breaststroke.
Le Clos (RSA), who beat Phelps in the 200m butterfly at the 2012 London Olympics, inherited the great man's world crown in the same event, the American having won it at five of the last six World Championships before retiring after the London Games with a record 18 Olympic gold medals to his name. Le Clos swung past Pawel Korzeniowski (POL) on the last length to win in 1:54.32. Korzeniowski, who won the title when Phelps did not defend it in 2005, took the silver in 1:55.01 and Peng Wu (CHN) the bronze (1:55.09) for his fourth World Championship medal in the event, following a silver and two bronzes.