BY STARSPORTS TEAM
INCHEON: The presence of swimming superstars Sun Yang of China and South Korea’s Park Tae-hwan inspired Malaysian Kevin Yeap to a season’s best time in the men’s 400m freestyle final at Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatic Centre.
The 24-year-old Kevin clocked 3:55.52 for seventh placing ahead of compatriot Vernon Lee, who posted 3:57.29 to finish last in the eight-man final.
Kevin achieved his goal of reaching the final after posting 3:56.85 in the morning heat. Vernon, 18, joined his senior in reaching the final after clocking 3:58.29.
Two-time Olympic champion Sun Yang redeemed his 200m freestyle defeat to Kosuke Hagino of Japan on Sunday by touching home first in 3:43.23 on Tuesday.
Kosuke, who also won the 200m individual medley on Monday, grabbed the silver in 3:44.48. Tae-hwan, South Korea’s sole Olympic champion in swimming, settled for the bronze in 3:48.33.
In the men’s 50m freestyle, Malaysian youngster Alwyn Tan was placed 15th overall after clocking 23.55 in the heat.