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China wins two extra gold medals, Qin lands second breaststroke title

FUKUOKA, Japan, July 26 (Xinhua) — Qin Haiyang earned his second breaststroke title first after which guided China to their first combined 4x100m medley relay victory on the World Aquatics Championships on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old added the boys’s 50m breaststroke gold medal to his 100m triumph two days in the past.

American Nic Fink, the defending champion, took silver and Qin’s fellow Chinese Sun Jiajun completed third.

After about an hour’s relaxation, Qin joined teammates Xu Jiayu, the 2017 and 2019 backstroke champion, Zhang Yufei, the 200m butterfly winner, and teenager Cheng Yujie to seal the relay title, beating Australia and the United States into second and third locations.

Qin, who swam the second leg, thus grew to become the primary swimmer to win three gold medals on the Fukuoka worlds.

“I feel so amazing,” he stated, including that breaking the world report will probably be his subsequent goal.

But he acknowledged that he was very fortunate to win the relay as a result of he was very drained after the person race.

“I was not in good form because of the 50m breaststroke final. Fortunately thanks to my teammates’ excellent performance, we had the last laugh.”

Zhang, the third leg, stated, “This is our time, it’s a great time. I have a beautiful and wonderful (team).”

France’s Leon Marchand additionally accomplished a golden double with a victory within the males’s 200m butterfly title, following his 400m particular person medley victory on Monday.

In the ladies’s 200m freestyle closing, Mollie O’Callaghan broke the world report as she led Australia to a 1-2 end.

The 19-year-old hit the wall first in a time of 1 minute 52.85 seconds, taking 0.13 seconds off the earlier world report of 1:52.98, set by Italy’s Federica Pellegrini.

Ariarne Titmus, the 400m freestyle winner, got here in second with 0.16 seconds behind. Canada’s Summer McIntosh, 16, completed third.

The males’s 800m freestyle title went to Tunisia’s Ahmed Hafnaoui, the Tokyo Olympic 400m gold winner.

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