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Fans delighted by Sun's performance

08-06-2013 10:18 BJT

By CCTV correspondent Dan Williams

Sun Yang was named the best male swimmer. He was also one of the best supported as our reporter Dan Williams found out.

Final day at the Palau Sant Jordi and for these fans there was just one story in town.

China’s Sun Yang was looking to make it a treble clean sweep of the long distance swims. Two gold medals already could he make it a treble in the men’s 1500 meters freestyle. His fans were in no doubt.

Sun Yang’s supporters were clearly visible inside the arena and he received the loudest cheer as he emerged for the race. And then silence for the start.

Ryan Cochrane of Canada, silver medalist at London 2012, was the clear threat in this race. Cochrane led the way with Sun Yang in close pursuit. It was clear these two would be racing for gold and silver again.

The China support did their best to motivate the Olympic champion. With just 100 meters to go, it was still neck and neck and the tension was clear.

But Sun Yang found another gear. opening up a lead of more than a second victory was his. Much to the satisfaction of his fans.

Gold then for Sun Yang. His third of the championships…as well as a bronze in the relay and there was a further award as he was named best male swimmer of the championships.

"For me and the Chinese swimming team, this award is not easy to get. This is the first time FINA gave this award to a Chinese swimmer. They not only acknowledge the performance of China’s swimming team, but also my performance. I imagined this scene two years ago in Shanghai, but now my dream came true in Barcelona. This trophy means a lot to me. And I will keep trying and make more wonders for myself and team China." Sun Yang said.

"Sun Yang’s achievements here have been impressive and will live long in the memory. He’s had his issues since London not least the break with his long term coach.But his award as the meet’s top male swimmer underlines his position now as one of the heavyweights of the sport. Dan Williams CCTV in Barcelona."

 

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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