Sun Yang of China celebrates after the men’s 200m freestyle final of FINA Champions Swim Series 2020 in Beijing, Jan 18, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING – Three-time Olympic champion Sun Yang delighted the home fans as he led the Chinese swimmers to five gold medals on the first day of the FINA Champion Swim Series here on Saturday.

Sun stormed a time of one minute and 45.55 seconds to win the men’s 200m freestyle, beating his arch-rival Danas Rapsys of Lithuania in 1:45.74 and Dominik Kozma of Hungary in 1:48.98.

“I did not think it as a revenge since I lost to Danas in Shenzhen by 0.03 second. It is a good competition with the strongest rivals in the world. To me, Danas is very tough and also a respected friend,” said Sun who took a gold in 400m freestyle and a silver in 200m freestyle in Shenzhen leg held on Jan 14-15. He will compete 400m freestyle on Sunday.