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Sun Yang retains 200m freestyle, snubbed again at World Aquatics Championships

Well done: Lilly King, right, being congratulated by Russia’s Yuliya Efimova after the American edged out the latter in the 100m breaststroke.

Well done: Lilly King, right, being congratulated by Russia’s Yuliya Efimova after the American edged out the latter in the 100m breaststroke.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Bronze medalist Scott refuses to shake hands; King pips Efimova in women’s 100 breaststroke.

Sun Yang was in the middle of controversy at the World swimming championships again. Only this time, it wasn’t his doing. The Chinese star still got shunned on the medals podium again.

Sun retained the 200m freestyle criwn on Tuesday after Danas Rapsys of Lithuania, who finished first, got disqualified for an apparent false start. Sun touched second, but got elevated after Rapsys had already celebrated in the pool.

Sun appeared surprised, clasping his hands to his face, but quickly sat on the lane rope and raised both arms in the air as a mix of cheers and boos rang out.

Katsuhiro Matsumoto of Japan took silver. Martin Malyutin of Russia and Duncan Scott of Britain tied for bronze.

On the podium, Scott wanted no part of sharing the moment with Sun. Scott kept his hands clasped behind his back and refused to shake Sun’s hand, standing off on his own while the other medalists joined Sun to pose for photographers.

This action prompted a furious Sun to get in Scott’s face and bark “You lose, I win!” as they walked downstairs for their lap of honour.

Sun, who served a three-month doping ban in 2014, is being allowed by FINA to compete in Gwangju ahead of a Court for Arbitration in Sport hearing in September that threatens Sun’s career.

American Lilly King and Russia’s Yulia Efimova kept all the drama in the pool in the women’s 100 breaststroke.

They were neck-and-neck down the stretch before King got her hand on the wall first, touching in 1-04.93. Efimova was second in 1-05.49. Martina Carraro of Italy took bronze.

Ailing Ledecky withdraws

Without three-time defending champion Katie Ledecky in the field, Simona Quadarella of Italy won the 1,500 freestyle in 15-40.89 well off Ledecky’s world record of 15-20.48.

Earlier Tuesday, the American star withdrew from the final because of unspecified illness. Ledecky also dropped out of the 200 freestyle heats.

Olympic and defending world champion Ryan Murphy was upset in the men’s 100 backstroke with Xu Jiayu of China winning in 52.43 seconds.

In the women’s 100 backstoke, Kylie Masse of Canada won in 58.60, while USA’s Kathleen Baker, the world record holder, tied for sixth after being tied for the lead at the turn.

The results:

Men: 200m freestyle: 1. Sun Yang (Chn) 1:44.93s, 2. Katsuhiro Matsumoto (JPN) 1:45.22, 3. Martin Malyutin (Rus) & Duncan Scott (GBr) 1:45.63.

100m backstroke: 1. Xu Jiayu (Chn) 52.43, 2. Evgeny Rylov (Rus) 52.67,3. Mitch Larkin (Aus) 52.77.

Women: 1500m freestyle: 1. Simona Quadarella (Ita) 15:40.89, 2. Sarah Kohler (Ger)15:48.83, 3. Wang Jianjiahe (Chn) 15:51.00.

100m backstroke: 1. Kylie Masse (Can) 58.60, 2. Minna Atherton (Aus) 58.85, 3. Olivia Smoliga (USA)58.91.

100m breaststroke: 1. Lilly King (USA)1:04.93, 2. Yulia Efimova (Rus) 1:05.49, 3. Martina Carraro (Ita) 1:06.36.

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