Sun Yang wins 200 free, Conor Dwyer takes bronze
Having already won one medal in the Rio Olympics, taking silver in the 400 meter freestyle, China’s Sun Yang won gold in the 200 meter freestyle Monday night. Yang came back to beat South Africa’s Chad Le Clos, who jumped out to a solid lead over the first 100 meters of the event.
With the win, Yang became the first swimmer to win a gold medal in both the 200 and 1500 meter freestyle races.
Taking the bronze medal was Conor Dwyer of the United States, who finished the race in 1:45.23 to earn his first individual Olympic medal. Dwyer nearly chased down Le Clos, who finished in 1:45.20, but the Winnetka, Illinois native ran out of time in the end. Dwyer now has two Olympic medals, as he was part of the 4x200 freestyle relay team that won gold in London in 2012.
Townley Haas, who will be a sophomore at Texas this coming year, finished in seventh place.