Sun Yang of China wins men’s 1,500m freestyle, breaks oldest world record of Australia

By on Jul 31, 2011 in Asia, Sports, World Comments

China‘s Sun Yang won the men’s 1,500m Freestyle event at the 2011 FINA Swimming World Championships in Shanghai, in which he broke the oldest world record of Australian great Grant Hackett, according to several international reports on Sunday, July 31, 2011.

Sun Yang, showing his gold medal
Image Credit: Michael Sohn/AP

Marking more than two seconds from Hackett‘s record of 14:34.56 set at the 2001 worlds in Fukuoka, Japan, Sun Yang was reported that he had surpassed the final two laps posting 14 minutes and 34.14 seconds.

Sun Yang was quoted saying, “I was not obsessed with the world record before the final, because I wanted to focus on my plan. My goal is to win the gold. I’m so grateful to the whole Chinese team, including my coach and my parents as well, and I think the world record belongs to all of them.”

Meanwhile, it was said that Sun Yang was greeted by the 2004 Olympic gold medalist and a former world record holder Liu Xiang on China‘s version of TwitterSina weibo.

“I think Liu Xiang created history in 2004. I watched the games on TV and after he won the gold medal, I was very excited. I thought some day, I will be like him. In the past few years, I’ve had to train a lot and I think now it’s paid off,” Sun Yang said in the reports.

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