DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Olympic star Sun Yang picked up his second gold medal of the Asian swimming championships as the Chinese dominated for a second straight day Friday.
Sun's victory in the 400-meter freestyle was one of nine golds won by China in 10 races — to go with eight out of 10 on the opening day. The only swimmer to break China's lock on the competition Friday was Kazuki Kohinata of Japan, who won the men's 100 breaststroke.
Olympic bronze medalist Tang Yi also picked up her second gold, edging out compatriot Wang Haibing in the 50 free, while Olympic silver medalist Lu Ying took gold in the women's 50 butterfly.
Sun — who collected two golds, a silver and a bronze in London and broke his own 1,500 world record — won the 400 in a championship record 3:42.49, 12 seconds faster than his closest rival, Hao Yun of China.
Sun is by far the biggest name at the competition, which is traditionally dominated by Chinese swimmers. This year their dominance is more pronounced, since neither the Japanese nor the South Koreans sent their top swimmers. China won 17 of 30 overall medals Friday.