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BUDAPEST Authentic Brandon Saad Jersey , July 25 (Xinhua) -- Chinese swimmers Sun Yang and Xu Jiayu jumped into the spotlight at the 17th FINA World Championships with their respective breakthrough gold medal here on Tuesday, a day with three world records beaten in the Hungarian capital.

Xu, who finished atop in Monday's heats and semifinals, built his leading position from the start and claimed men's 100m backstroke champion with 52.44, the first ever victory in this event for Chinese male swimmers at worlds.

Xu said a higher target crossed his mind before the final.

"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," he said.

Xu beat Matt Grevers and Ryan Murphy, two Olympic gold medalists from the United States. The 2012 champion Grevers finished runner-up with a deficit of four hundredths of a second, while the 2016 champion Murphy was placed third at 52.59.

Sun, fresh from his 400m freestyle win here, claimed his first ever men's 200m freestyle world champion with 1:44.39. He only ranked seventh after 50m, then sixth after 100m, before making an aggressive charge for his personal breakthrough with a new Asian record.

With his titles in the 800 and 1500m from previous worlds, Sun now has completed the sweep in all men's middle and long distance events and is also the Olympic gold medalist in 200m, 400m and 1500m freestyle.

"I feel happy about the gold medal. Actually I didn't expect such a result, and just wanted to work on every detail. Today my dream has come true," said Sun, who will appear in 800m free final on Wednesday evening.

Townley Haas of United States and Aleksandr Krasnykh of Russia finished second and third respectively.

Three swimmers became spotlight of the night in Duna Arena as they managed to renew the world records.

Britain's Adam Peaty improved his own 50m breaststroke record to 25.95 in the semifinals, from 26.10 he created in the heats on Tuesday morning.

"It was not really in my radar to swim below 26 seconds but I felt good tonight. Let's see what comes out tomorrow," commented Peaty.

China's Yan Zibei failed to secure a final berth with his 15th position in the semifinals.

With a new world record of 58.10 seconds, Canadian swimmer Kylie Masse met little challenge en route to becoming women's 100m backstroke world champion.

Olympic champion Lilly King also beat women's 100m breaststroke world record by 0.22 in 1:4.13. Chinese swimmer Shi Jinglin didn't finish on podium ranking 5th.

American female swimming star Katie Ledecky won her third gold in Budapest with her 1500m freestyle triumph at 15:31.82. Hou Yawen of China ranked fifth among eight finalists.

Ledecky also led women's 200m freestyle semifinalists, while China's 15-year-old swimmers Ai Yanhan and Li Bingjie missed the final.

SEOUL, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- South Korea plans to conduct joint annual military exercises with the United States this year as scheduled despite the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's ( DPRK) call for suspension, Seoul's Defense Ministry said Monday in its annual report to President Park Geun-hye.

The "Key Resolve" command post exercise and the "Foal Eagle" field training drill will be staged in early March as planned, together with the "Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG)" computer-assisted simulation exercise, which tends to kick off in mid-August.

The announcement came after Pyongyang proposed to temporarily suspend nuclear tests if Washington halts its annual war games with Seoul in 2015, but the United States has rejected the proposal. The DPRK has called the joint military drills as a rehearsal for a northward invasion.

President Park Geun-hye said a unified Korea should be pursued based on firm security, stressing the need to expand military capability while soundly maintaining the "South Korea-U.S. allied defense posture."

Park said South Korea should urge the DPRK to "strategically" abandon its nuclear program when she received a briefing from four ministries in charge of unification, defense and foreign affairs.

The South Korean military also plans to participate in this year's Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), scheduled to be conducted in September in New Zealand to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), according to the report.

Meanwhile, South Korea will develop a new weapons system, called "reverse-asymmetrical" capability, to counter the DPRK's asymmetrical warfare capability such as atomic bombs and ballistic missiles, said the report.

The reverse-asymmetrical capability includes high-energy laser beam, high-power microwave (HPM) and electro-magnetic pulse (EMP), which the military aims to develop by early 2020s.

The South Korean military has spent about 29 billion won (27 million U.S. dollars) since 2012 on research for laser beam weapons development. If deployed, the laser beam, which is powered by electricity, is expected to reduce missile defense costs for South Korea as it costs less than 10 U.S. dollars per shot, far lower than around 1 million dollars per interceptor missile, said the report.

The high-power microwave weapon, which South Korea aims to develop by early 2020s, emits a beam of about 2 billion-watt microwaves, to cause outage of all electronic products within the radius of some 300 meters. It is also dubbed "e-Bomb."

The state-run Agency for Defense Development (ADD) has reportedly been developing the electro-magnetic pulse since 1999. After completing its nine-year research, the ADD launched the EMP bomb development in September 2008.

If the EMP bomb, carried by an aircraft, is detonated in the air, it could paralyze or disable all electronic devices within the radius of about 1-5 kilometers, causing mobile phone outage and electric grid damages.

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