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Jordan’s Baqleh fourth in 200m freestyle

By JT - Aug 20,2018 - Last updated at Aug 20,2018

AMMAN — Olympic swimmer Khader Baqleh came agonisingly close to getting Jordan’s campaign on Sunday at the 18th Asian Games off to a medal start after finishing fourth in the final of the 200m freestyle, according to the Jordan Olympic Committee News Service.

Baqleh sailed into the final by winning his heat, but faced a world class field in the final, led by China’s world record holding 2012 Olympic champion Sun Yang.

In a brilliant race, Yang won the gold medal in a time of 1:45.43, more than a second clear of Japan’s Katsuhiro Matsumoto, with another Chinese swimmer, Ji Xinji, coming third. Baqlah could not quite find the pace to break into the top three, finishing in a very credible time of 1:46.77.

“I gave it all I could but couldn’t quite make it into the medal positions,” said Baqlah. “Congratulations though to the other guys. They swam a great race and I look forward to the next one now.”

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