Monday, December 04, 2006

China Winner Gold in Doha Asian Game

Chinese Men Gold Winners Doha GameDOHA Everyone knew China would dominate the Doha Asian Games, but few knew they could do in such an extreme way.They swept 16 out of 20 gold medals on offer on the first day's official competition on Saturday,getting off to flying start towards its seventh consecutive feat of topping the medal tally since 1982.

Japan took three golds,including two from their traditional territory of judo and one from the swimming pool.Judokas Sae Nakazawa won the women's 78kg class while Muneta clinched men's over 100kg.Their other gold medal was from swimmer Sano Hidemasa in the men's 400m individual medley.

South Korea,fighting for the second place against Japan at the Games, managed only one from Jang Sung Ho,who claimed the men's 100kg judo.

China claimed its first gold medal in the men's 10m air rifle team event early Saturday morning.Olympic champion Zhu Qinan,Li Jie and Liu Tianyou beat South Korea with 1,786 points to win the Games'first gold.

China took away all three weightlifting gold medals in the women's 48kg, 53rd classes and men's 56kg category. They also ruled the swimming pool, seizing five out of six gold medals to leave the remaining one to Japan.World bronze medalist Wu Peng struck a brilliant victory to retain the men's 200m butterfly title under the pressure of two strong Japanese rivals.

Zhou Yafei and Pang Jiaying each had two gold medals to their names when defending champion Zhou won the women's 100m butterfly in 58.39 after Pang beat defending champion and teammate Yang Yu for the women's 200m freestyle gold in 1:59.26.

In the last event later Saturday night,the two rallied with Luo Nan (breaststroke) and Zhao Jing (backstroke) to bring in another gold for China in the 4x100m medley relay.Asian champion Ji Liping of China took the first ever 50m breaststroke gold and set the Games record in 31.52. The 50m breaststroke was added to the Asian Games program for the first time.

In judo action,Tong Wen was the only Chinese winner,beating Tserenkhand Dorjgotov of Mongolia with ippon to take the women's over 78kg.A total of 28 gold medals will be decided on the second day's competition on Sunday.

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