Park v Sun set to light up pool, South Korea top table

Sun Sep 21, 2014 3:06am EDT
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By Peter Rutherford

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean sharpshooters snatched two early golds to put the hosts top of the Asian Games medals table on Sunday, but the highlight of the second day's action will come later in the pool when China's Sun Yang takes on local hero Park Tae-hwan in the 200 meters freestyle final.

Sun, the 2012 Olympic champion in the 400 and 1,500 freestyle, qualified fastest while Park was just fourth quickest, though neither swimmer seemed to be pushing too hard in their heats.

Sun snatched Park's 400 crown at the 2012 London Olympics and the rivals are set to engage in a series of freestyle duels over the six-day swimming competition.

There are five other gold medals to be won on Sunday at the Aquatics Centre in Incheon, which is named after Park, including the men's 200 butterfly where Japan's Daiya Seto is in a league of his own.

A day after North Korea's Om Yun Chol lifted more than three times his own bodyweight to break the world clean and jerk record, his compatriot and fellow Olympic champion Kim Un Guk will also go for gold in the 62kg category.

South Korea's Olympic shooting champion Jin Jong-oh broke a world record before coming into the Games but has not been at his best in Incheon, managing just a bronze in the men's 10m air pistol event.

His disappointment was tempered somewhat by a gold medal in the discipline's team event and he paid tribute to 17-year-old compatriot Kim Cheong-yong, who won the individual gold.

"I felt ashamed of myself that I shot 7s," he said. "But today we got the new hero so let us celebrate his win."   Continued...

China's Sun Yang swims at Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center during a practice session for the swimming competition for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon September 17, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon