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France strike double gold in Shanghai


France strike double gold in Shanghai


France celebrated a rare double gold at the World swimming championships in Shanghai on Tuesday.

Camille Lacourt and Jeremy Stravius produced a dead heat in the 100 metres backstroke when both men touched in 52.76 seconds.

It was the first time swimmers from the same country have shared a medal at the world championships and first gold for a French male swimmer at the event.

American Ryan Lochte lived up to his billing as the on-form swimmer in Shanghai when he beat Olympic champion Michael Phelps to the 200 metres freestyle title.

The 26-year-old American passed Phelps on the final turn to clock a winning time of one minute and 44.44 seconds. World record holder Paul Biedermann of Germany was third.

Rebecca Soni continued the USA’s medal haul when she defended her world title in the 100-metre breaststroke with a time of 1 minute and 05.05 seconds.

Australian Leisel Jones claimed second place as Chinese swimmer Ji Liping took bronze.

China’s Zhao Jing won the 100-metre backstroke to send the home crowd into wild celebrations.

She was fifth at the halfway point but produced a stunning burst to the line to take first in 59.05 seconds just ahead of Russian Anastasia Zueva.

American Natalie Coughlin rounded off the podium in third.

Denmark’s Lotte Friis led from start to finish to win the women’s 1,500 freestyle title. American Kate Zeigler took second and China’s Li Zuanxi was third.

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