Japan's Kosuke Hagino reacts after winning in the men's 200m freestyle final swimming competition at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon September 21, 2014. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne
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Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino gatecrashed the much-hyped showdown between Olympic champions Sun Yang and Park Tae-hwan to win the 200-meter freestyle gold at the Asian Games Sunday, while four more weightlifting world records fell on the second day of competition in Incheon.The 20-year-old Hagino has surfaced as the new rising star of a powerful Japanese men's swim team that won six gold medals at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia last month.While South Korean and Chinese media had focused squarely on the clash between Sun and Park, Hagino slipped under the radar and steamed past his two big rivals to win gold.Zhang Yuhan touched first in the 400m freestyle, Shi Jinglin won the 100m breaststroke and Yi Shiwen led her team to gold in the 4x100 freestyle relay.At the end of the second day of the competition, China are tied with South Korea on 12 golds, with Japan in third place on seven.Sheikh Ahmad expected there would be a five-year gap until the following Games in 2023 .
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