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Sun Yang, Park share silver in drama 200m freestyle final

2012-07-30 19:23:05 GMT2012-07-31 03:23:05(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Sun Yang of China celebrates after men's 200m freestyle final of swimming at the London 2012 Olympic Games in London, Britain, July 30, 2012. Sun Yang of China and Park Taehwan of South Korea shared silver medal with 1:44.93. (Xinhua/Liu Dawei)

Sun Yang of China poses at the awarding ceremony of men's 200m freestyle of swimming at the London 2012 Olympic Games in London, Britain, July 30, 2012. Sun Yang of China and Park Taehwan of South Korea shared silver medal with 1:44.93. (Xinhua/Fei Maohua)

Yannick Agnel(C) of France, Sun Yang(L) of China, and Park Taehwan of South Korea pose at the awarding ceremony of men's 200m freestyle of swimming at the London 2012 Olympic Games in London, Britain, July 30, 2012. Yannick Agnel claimed the title of this event. Sun Yang of China and Park Taehwan of South Korea shared silver medal with 1:44.93. (Xinhua/Fei Maohua)(zgp). (Xinhua/Fei Maohua)

LONDON, July 30 (Xinhua) -- China's Olympic champion Sun Yang and his long-time rival Park Tae Hwan shared silver medals at an enticing 200m freestyle race at London Olympics on Monday, while French superstar Yannick Agnel took the gold to add to his gold spree.

Agnel led the way in a sizzling 1:43.14, while Sun and Park tied in 1:44.93 to finish both as silver medallists.

Sun, just crowned an Olympic title two days before in the 400m freestyle, was sluggish off the starting block, trailing Agnel, Park and U.S. Olympic champion Ryan Lochte in the first half of the race. He was fourth-placed after the third turn, when Park was the second fastest along the way.

Sun launched a devastating burst and narrowed his gap with Park, finally catching up with him to take a silver.

Lochte, winner of the gruelling 400m individual medley, fell out of the podium as the fourth.

Sun was the first male Chinese swimmer to claim an Olympic gold.

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