Sun Yang 400m Freestyle – New Olympic Record | London 2012 Olympics


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Sun Yang 400m Freestyle - New Olympic Record | London 2012 Olympics



Sun Yang wins China’s first ever gold medal in swimming and breaks the Olympic record with a time of 3:40.14 in the men’s 400m freestyle event at the London 2012 Olympic Games (28 July).

South Korea’s Park Taehwan won the silver medal in the event with the USA’s Peter Vanderkaay winning bronze.

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Swimming has featured on the programme of all editions of the Games since 1896. The very first Olympic events were freestyle (crawl) or breaststroke. Backstroke was added in 1904.

In the 1940s, breaststrokers discovered that they could go faster by bringing both arms forward over their heads. This practice was immediately forbidden in breaststroke, but gave birth to butterfly, whose first official appearance was at the 1956 Games in Melbourne. This style is now one of the four strokes used in competition.

Women’s swimming became Olympic in 1912 at the Stockholm Games. Since then, it has been part of every edition of the Games. The men’s and women’s programmes are almost identical, as they contain the same number of events, with only one difference: the freestyle distance is 800 metres for women and 1,500 metres for men.

Find more about Swimming at http://www.olympic.org/swimming

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  1. There’s 0 evident of him cheating, his results were all official and excuses were to be made on each of the two test failures. People are saying that he is a cheater with no evidence, just to save face and find reasons for their own athlete’s’ bad performance. Sun was one of the most tested athletes and it’s clear that its impossible to cheat on any world level competition. Sun Yang is the second most decorated swimmer of all time according to individual world titles, and he is the best freestyler in history. Maybe his personal behavior is not the greatest, but everyone should definitely be looking up to his swimming skills.

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