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London – Yannick Agnel shredded a star-studded field to win the men's 200m freestyle gold on Monday, one day after his sensational swim gave France the Olympic 4x100m freestyle title.
Agnel won France's third swimming gold of the Games in 1min 43.14sec as Asian rivals Park Tae-Hwan of South Korea and Sun Yang of China shared silver behind him in 1:44.93.
Reigning world champion Ryan Lochte, a dominant winner in the men's 400m medley, was relegated to fourth place and world record-holder Paul Biedermann of Germany fifth.
It was Agnel's second straight victory over US star Lochte, who was anchoring the US 4x100m freestyle relay on Sunday when the French swimmer surged past him in the final 50m to claim the gold medal -- avenging their narrow loss to the Americans in the same relay four years earlier in Beijing.
Sun, the 1500m freestyle world record-holder who has less experience in the 200m, added silver to his 400m freestyle gold.
Park's silver was his second of the week, the first coming behind Sun in the 400m free. – AFP