(From China Daily)
China’s Sun Yang clinched his third Olympic gold medal on Monday by winning the men’s 200m freestyle at the Rio Olympics.
The 24-year-old finished in 1 minute 44.65 seconds, 0.55sec ahead of South Africa’s Chad le Clos with the USA’s Conor Dwyer 0.58sec further back.
It was China’s first swimming gold medal of the Rio Games. Sun won silver in the same event at the London 2012 Games.
World record holder Paul Biedermann of Germany was sixth in the final, 1.19sec behind Sun.
On Saturday, Sun failed to retain his 400m crown, finishing just 0.13sec behind Australia’s Mack Horton to win silver. But he put that disappointment aside and made sweet revenge in the freestyle discipline.
Soon after that, Fu Yuanhui tied for bronze in the women’s 100 backstroke.
China’s medal haul did not finish as Xu Jiayu won a stunning silver in the men’s 100m backstroke minutes later.
Second diving gold for China
Lin Yue and Chen Aisen secured China’s second diving gold medal at the Rio Olympics on Monday by winning the men’s synchronized 10m platform, China Daily reports.
Lin and Chen posted an overall score of 496.98 points, to finish ahead of US pair David Boudia/Steele Johnson (457.11) and Great Britain’s Thomas Daley/Daniel Goodfellow (444.45).
It was Lin’s second Olympic gold medal in the event after his victory at the Beijing 2008 Games alongside Huo Liang.
The result at Rio’s Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre means China has won both of the diving gold medals to have been decided so far at the Rio Games.
On Sunday, Wu Minxia and Shi Tingmao took out the women’s synchronized 3m springboard title.
Japan wins men’s gymnastics gold
Kohei Uchimura led Japan to men’s gymnastics team gold in a thrilling Olympic final. Russia took silver. The Chinese team had to settle for bronze.
World champions Japan had been leading Russia by just 0.208 going into their final floor rotation with China third at 0.739.
But world floor champion Kenso Shirai set Japan on their way with a soaring 16.133. Six-time world all-around champion Uchimura then sealed the only title missing from his collection.
Shohei Ono ended Japan’s painful men’s gold medal drought in judo by winning the under-73kg category on Monday, AFP reports.
The controversial two-time world champion was imperious throughout the day and dominated world number two Rustam Orujov of Azerbaijan in the final, scoring the maximum ippon with an inner leg reap.
The bronze medals went to Lasha Shavdatuashvili of Georgia and Belgian Dirk Van Tichelt.
Futile day for South Korea
Monday was a futile one for South Korea at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, with a handful of medal contenders unable to deliver on expectations, Yonhap reports.
South Korea remained stuck at two gold, two silver and one bronze. The country has set out to grab at least 10 gold medals and finish in the top 10 in the medals for the fourth consecutive Olympics.
The most shocking loss came from the archery range at Sambodromo, where world No. 1 Kim Woo-jin suffered a shocking defeat to Riau Ega Agatha of Indonesia in the second round of the men’s individual event.
South Korea’s drought in fencing continued for the third day, as defending Olympic sabre champion Kim Ji-yeon lost her round of 16 match to Loreta Gulotta of Italy by 15-13.
In men’s judo, An Chang-rim, the world No. 1 in -73kg, couldn’t even get past the round of 16, falling to Dirk van Tichelt of Belgium by waza-ari (half a point).
On the women’s side, Kim Jan-di also lost in the round of 16 in the -57kg, with Rafaela Silva of Brazil getting the better of her.