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Sun captured his second gold of the meet, adding to a gold in the 200 free. He also tied for the silver in the 200 free, and was part of the bronze medal-winning team in the 4x200 free relay.

For a brief moment, it appeared Sun might not even get a chance to swim the race. Apparently hearing a noise in the crowd, he dived into the water before the starter’s gun, while everyone else remained on the blocks. Yang glanced at the starter with a confused look, got back out of the pool and waited to see if he would be disqualified.

At a glance

Michael Phelps Olympic Career

By the Associated Press

2000 Sydney

Race Finish             

200 Butterfly Fifth              

2004 Athens

100 Butterfly Gold 51.25 (OR)

200 Butterfly Gold 1:54.04 (OR)

200 Individual Medley Gold 1:57.14 (OR)

400 Individual Medley Gold 4:08.26 (WR)

4X200 Freestyle Relay Gold   7:07.33     

4X100 Medley Relay Gold 3:30.68 (WR)

200 Freestyle Bronze 1:45.32     

4X100 Freestyle Relay Bronze 3:14.62     

2008 Beijing

100 Butterfly Gold     50.58 (OR)

200 Butterfly Gold   1:52.03 (WR)

200 Freestyle Gold   1:42.96 (WR)

200 Individual Medley Gold   1:54.23 (WR)

400 Individual Medley Gold   4:03.84 (WR)

4X100 Freestyle Relay Gold   3:08.24 (WR)

4X200 Freestyle Relay Gold   6:58.56 (WR)

4X100 Medley Relay Gold   3:29.34 (WR)

2012 London

100 Butterfly Gold     51.21     

200 Individual Medley Gold   1:54.27     

4X200 Freestyle Relay Gold   6:59.70     

4X100 Medley Relay Gold   3:29.35     

200 Butterfly Silver 1:53.01     

4X100 Freestyle Relay Silver 3:10.8      

400 Individual Medley Fourth


Medal Count

G S B Tot

18 2 2 22

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"I could not hear the judge because there was noise in the venue," Sun said through an interpreter. "I thought I was going to be disqualified. I have done well because I was in very good shape. I really wanted this gold medal."

But the starter allowed him to go, which essentially decided the gold medal. No one else was close to Sun, who was going faster at the end than he was at the beginning, leaving everyone behind.

After looking at his time and catching his breath, Sun was overcome with emotion. He climbed on the lane rope, splashed the water, pointed toward a group of supporters waiving a Chinese flag, and broke down in tears.

Canada’s Ryan Cochrane took the silver in 14:39.63, while defending Olympic champion Ous Mellouli of Tunisia settled for bronze in 14:40.31. Mellouli will get another chance for gold when he races in the 10-kilometer open water event at Hyde Park.

In a night featuring the long and short of swimming, Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands won the women’s 50 freestyle to complete a sweep of the sprints.

Having already won the 100 free, Kromowidjojo clocked an Olympic-record 24.05 in the furious, one-lap dash. Defending champion Britta Steffen of Germany went 24.06 in Beijing four years ago in a now-banned bodysuit.

Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus touched in 24.28 to take the silver medal and another Dutchwoman, Marleen Veldhuis, finished in 24.39 to take bronze. Steffen, who swept the sprints in Beijing, finished fourth, while home favorite Francesca Halsall of Britain was fifth and 34-year-old Therese Alshammar of Sweden was sixth in her fifth Olympics.

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