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BUDAPEST Koen Casteels Belgie Shirt , July 25 (Xinhua) -- Xu Jiayu claimed the champion of the men's 100m backstroke at the 17th FINA World Championships here on Tuesday, the first ever victory for Chinese male swimmers in the event at worlds.

Xu, who ranked first in Monday's heats and semifinals, built his leading position from the start and finished atop the podium with 52.44 seconds, beating his American opponent Matt Grevers, the London Olympic champion Simon Mignolet Belgie Shirt , by four hundredths second.

"I didn't expect to win by such a small margin. The result was not quite up to my expectation, but in the end I won the title," said Xu.

"I felt a little tired in the final part of the race, and did not feel as smooth as in the semifinals, because it had much impact on the podium position," he added.

Xu finished 51.86 seconds in National Championships in April Kevin Mirallas Belgie Shirt , just one hundredth second shy of the world record set by Ryan Murphy of the United States last year in Rio. Olympic champion Murphy got the bronze medal at 52.59 seconds.

"I performed quite well in the semifinals, so it was normal for me to have some ideas in my mind. Actually I aimed at rewriting the world record before the matchup.

"This time it could be seen as a surprise, and I lived up to my expectation, while failing to give myself some surprises," Xu pointed out.

Before Xu's triumph, Chinese swimming star Sun Yang clinched his first gold medal in men's 200m freestyle at the World Championships.

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LONDON, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon ofKenya won the women's 1500 meters title at the World AthleticsChampionships here on Monday.

Kipyegon, 23, the silver medalist two year ago in Beijing,pulled away in the last 50 meters to clock four minutes 2.59seconds for the gold medal.

American Jennifer Simpson Romelu Lukaku Belgie Shirt , who won the title in the 2011 worldsand finished second in 2013, took silver in 4:02.76.

South Africa's Caster Semenya, the 2009 world champion and twiceOlympic gold medalist in the 800 meters, outsprinted Britain'sLaura Muir and Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, throwing herself atthe line to take bronze.

An excited Kipyegon said after the race, "It was a good race inLondon. I knew it would be fast Youri Tielemans Belgie Shirt , it is such a quality field. Thebest was going to win here. It was always going to be quick andcompetitive."

Simpson was satisified with a silver, saying, "The last 300m inparticular I ran my guts out and it paid off. Having the experienceis huge because having the ability to stay calm is so hard,especially at the world championships when you're racing in abeautiful stadium like this. To come out with a medal, I think itwas down to keeping my wits about me."

Semenya, who transferred to 1500m from her more favorite 800m Kevin De Bruyne Belgie Shirt ,was also jubilant with a bronze.

"I'm really happy with the bronze," she said. "Obviously a lotcan not go your way in a final , so to come out with a bronze isamazing but I was hoping for a better time.

"1500m is a tactical race, I tried to find my own space butfortunately I managed to get away with the bronze so I am happy."Enditem

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