INCHEON (AFP) – China’s Olympic champion Sun Yang stormed to Asian Games gold in the men’s 400 metres freestyle on Tuesday with a devastating display of power.
Sun, also world champion, avenged his upset loss to Kosuke Hagino in Sunday’s 200 final by crushing the Japanese and South Korean rival Park Tae-Hwan to win the swimming competition’s blue riband event in three minutes, 43.23 seconds.
Hagino, who has already won three golds in Incheon, took silver in 3:44.48, with former Olympic champion Park, after whom the pool is named, again left with bronze after clocking a pedestrian 3:48.33.
Sun, who blamed a thumb injury for his 200 defeat by Hagino, strolled out for the race wearing a pair of gold headphones and he kept his cool when Hagino shot out to an early lead.
The towering Chinese had reeled him in by the halfway mark and powered away over the second 200 metres to take Park’s crown, as he did by winning the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.