The 2016 Rio Olympics may not have started exactly the way that Chinese superstar swimmer Sun Yang had envisioned, but he seems to be doing alright now, winning the men’s 200 meter freestyle with a time of just 1 minute and 44.64 seconds.
Sun’s gold is the first for China’s swim team so far this Olympics. South Africa’s Chad le Clos came in second with a time of 1:45.20, while the USA’s Conor Dwyer was just behind at 1:45.23.
Sun Yang (middle), Chad le Clos (left) and Conor Dwyer (right).
Sun actually started out slow. 50 meters in, he was in 6th place. By 100 meters, he was up to 5th. But then, he turned on the jets in the second half of the race, moving up to third place by 150 meters and blowing the competition away in the final 50 meters.
Sun was totally stoked about his victory.
So much so that he couldn’t even manage to throw his swimming cap in the stands.
Watch Sun’s redemption below:
So, it seems that Sun has managed to overcome being called a “drug cheat” by Australian swimmer Mack “not Mark” Horton. After losing to Horton in the 400-meter freestyle, Sun broke down into tears.
Later, he went back on the offensive by telling a reporter that “1500 meter I am the king, I am the new world.”
However, earlier today, Sun was attacked again, this time by French swimmer Camille Lacourt who said that Sun “pisses purple.”
But Sun is an Olympic champion and has no time to deal with rumors about the color of his urine. Instead, he found time to post on Weibo, wishing everyone a happy Chinese Valentine’s Day.
Meanwhile, the world waits for a rematch between Sun Yang and Mack Horton. The two will compete again in the 1500-meter freestyle race on August 12th.
By Sophie Wang
[Images via Xinhua News / NetEase / Weibo]