Swimming: Sun wins men's 800 at swim worlds

AP, Wednesday 27 Jul 2011

Sun Yang of China took an early lead and powered away for the gold medal in the non-Olympic men's 800 meters at the world swimming championships

Sun Yang
China's Sun Yang holds a national flag after winning the men's 800m freestyle final at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai (Photo: Reuters)

With the large crowd at the Oriental Sports Center cheering him on, Sun increased his lead to almost two seconds with a lap to go to finish Wednesday in seven minutes, 38.57 seconds.

Canada's Ryan Cochrane, who stayed close through the first 600 meters, won the silver in 7:41.86 and Gergo Kis of Hungary the bronze in 7:44.94.

World record holder Zhang Lin of China did not defend the title he won two years ago in Rome because team officials said he's out of shape. He failed to win an individual gold at November's Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

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