GWANGJU – Sun Yang of China defended his title in the 200-metre freestyle at the 2019 swimming world championships on Tuesday but only after Danas Rapsys of Lithuania was disqualified from the race.
Rapsys had a great finish and touched the wall first in Gwangju, South Korea, but he was disqualified for a false start. That allowed Sun to take the title with a winning time of 1:44.93 minutes.
The 2016 Olympic gold medallist Sun, who finished second at the worlds in 2015, added a second title in South Korea after winning the 400-metre freestyle gold on Sunday.
The silver medal went to Japan's Katsuhiro Matsumoto, who was 0.29 seconds behind; while Martin Malyutin of Russia and Duncan Scott of Britain both finished 0.70 seconds adrift to share the bronze.
In the women's 1500-metre freestyle, Simona Quadarella of Italy eased to her first world title in the discipline in the absence of three-time reigning world champion Katie Ledecky.