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Liu Zige wins 200 butterfly at world swimming championships (video)


China’s Liu Zige competes in the final of the women’s 200-metre butterfly swimming event in the FINA World Championships at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona on August 1, 2013. Liu won the event. AFP PHOTO / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU (Photo credit should read PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

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Liu Zige, the 2008 Olympic champion and world record holder, was dead even with Mireia Belmonte Garcia going to the final 50. Of course, the crowd was going nuts. They were chanting the Spaniard’s name well after the race ended. Belmonte Garcia was trying to become the first Spanish swimmer born in Spain to win an Olympic or world title. Katinka Hosszu added bronze to her 200 IM gold. Camille Adams was fifth at the Olympics and had qualified second into the final.

Gold: Liu Zige (CHN) 2:04.59
Silver: Mireia Belmonte Garcia (ESP) 2:04.78
Bronze: Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 2:05.59
4. Natsumi Hoshi (JPN) 2:06.09
5. Zsuzsanna Jakabos (HUN) 2:06.58
6. Jiao Liuyang (CHN) 2:06.65
7. Camille Adams (USA) 2:07.73
8. Judit Ignacio Sorribes (ESP) 2:08.40