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Thompson Talks; Pantheon For Davies

Sep 13, 2012  - Craig Lord

News Round-Up: 

Australia: Former performance head of Australian swimming Alan Thompson has offered sound words on the review into his nation's efforts at London 2012 in the SMH with reporter Michael Cowley.

Wales: David Davies, Olympic silver medallist in the marathon in 2008 four years after taking bronze over 1500m freestyle at Athens 2004 and Commonwealth champion for Wales hover 30 laps at the Melbourne 2006 Games, has been inducted into the Wales Hall of Fame.

China: Sun Yang, 400 and 1500m freestyle Olympic champion, clocked  3:47.23 to win the 400m free at the Chinese University Games in Tianjin. The swimmer, who spends many months of the year in Australia, then joined Zhejiang University teammates for victory in the 4x200m free in 7:24.78, a time beyond the best four in China until 2009, the national record standing at 7:28.82 until shiny suits came along. In London, Sun joined three teammates to take bronze in the 4x200m free less than two years after China was the 9th best team in the world. Yesterday, Sun won the 200m free in Tianjin in 1:47.15. He has three more events to swim, including the 800m.  No stopping Chinese speed at a time when many world-class Olympians are just getting back in the swing of things. Zhang Fenglin took the 200m medley in 2:00.21 just ahead of a 2:00.34 from Li Xiang and 2:00.93 from Yang Yin. The top two raced inside what the national record stood at in 2009. Zhang's best had been 2:01.18, Li's 2:00.41, while Yang broke 2:05 for the first time. Cheng Feiyi clocked 54.32 to dominate the 100m backstroke.