KAZAN Cheap Men's Nike Air Max 97 KPU Shoes Light Grey , Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Despite a third ranking on the medal tally, China showed strength and made breakthroughs in swimming at the Kazan world championships as the eight-day competition lowered it curtain here on Sunday.
China trailed the United States and Australia to rank third with five gold, one silver and seven bronze. The United States topped the medal table with eight gold, 10 silver and five bronze, however, this was the second worse result for US since 1998. Australia made improvement this time with seven gold Cheap Men's Nike Air Max 97 2017 Retro Shoes Army Green , three silver and six bronze. Britain ranked fourth with five gold, one silver and three bronze.
"The results were better than we had expected," said Xu Qi, team leader of the Chinese team. "Our star swimmers produced good performances. Sun Yang won the 400m and 800m freestyle, and Ning Zetao claimed the first gold medal for China in the sprint freestyle as a world championships debutant."
"The young swimmers gained experiences. I am very happy to see them make 11 finals in total," Xu added.
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Ning's victory strengthened China's power in the men's pool, the sprint race in particular. Olympic and world champion Sun Yang has already dominated distance races in freestyle.
"It's a huge breakthrough," said head coach Yao Zhengjie. "I am very happy to see Chinese male swimmers progressing in recent years."
Sun also made good performances at Kazan despite 1,500m final withdrawal.
The London Olympic champion won the men's 400m and 800m free, and took second in the 200m. He pulled out of Sunday's 1,500m final due to heart discomfort.
The 19-year-old Fu Yuanhui won the women's 50m backstroke gold and led the Chinese women to claim the 4x100m medley relay title.
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"We can expect their performance at the Rio Games next year," said Xu. "USA didn't do well this time, but it doesn't they can't do well in Rio."
Olympic champion Ye Shiwen was in bad form and didn't win a medal at Kazan, but Xu kept optimistic on Ye.
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WASHINGTON, July 22 (Xinhua) -- The United States has taken a dramatic shift to the left on a number of issues in recent years, and that could create major hurdles for Republicans in the lead up to the 2016 race for the White House - and beyond.
According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including same-sex relations Cheap Nike Air Max 97 Undefeated Black Shoes , having a baby out of wedlock or sex between unmarried man and woman. Moral acceptability of many of these issues is now at a record-high level, Gallop found.
More Americans now rate themselves as socially liberal than at any point in the 16-year Gallup trend, and for the first time, just as many say they are liberal on social issues as say they are conservative.
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That means the Republican Party (GOP), many members of which are conservative on social issues, could have more difficulties getting voters going forward. While the party has spoken over the last few years about the need to re-brand itself, critics say Republicans still have not made a concerted effort to reach out to those outside its base, which tend to be older white males.
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"It needs to reconsider its stance on social issues and figure out how to tailor its small government message to parts of the electorate that see the government as playing a helpful role."
Still, Republicans do have one advantage, which is a diverse spectrum of political and social ideologies within the party. The party also has a libertarian wing that at times seems to have much in common with Democrats.
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"So that could create an advantage with independent voters, who may not see eye to eye with some wings of the party but may identify with others," O'Connell said.
"While independents are leaning slightly toward Democrats on social issues, they are in total disagreement with (Democrats) on economic issues."
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