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Games marred by tragedy, China extends lead

11-24-2010 10:23 BJT Special Report:Guangzhou Asian Games |

By Ma Xiangfei

GUANGZHOU, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Asian Games were overshadowed by the tragic death of a horse in the modern pentathlon when hosts China extended their lead in the quadrennial event on the 12th day here on Tuesday.

Kazakhstan's Galina Dolgushina was injured after falling with her horse in the women's modern pentathlon competition.

The 29-year-old was rushed to Guangzhou Army Hospital and her conditions are stable now.

Her horse was put to death after it was found to have its neck broken.

The race was resumed after being suspended for 40 minutes before China took both the individual and team titles.

It was also a day when people were touched by the virtue of honesty on the tennis court.

Indian Sk Devvarman lifted the men's title after beating Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin who received an honor from the Asian Tennis Federation for his sportsmanship.

Istomin was rewarded for his honesty when he asked to change a wrong call by the referee in Sunday's quarterfinals, which almost cost him the victory.

The women's title went to Chinese Peng Shuai who defeated Akgul Amanmuradova from Uzbekistan.

China extended their lead in the medals tall to 165 gold, 85 silver and 79 bronze, leaving South Korea on a distant second with a 64-55-74 record and Japan third on 34-64-68.

The shooting competition seemed a little nostalgic when 1992 Olympic champion Zhang Shan led her younger teammates to claim the skeet team title while Wei Ning grabbed the individual glory.

"When I was in the Asian Games 20 years ago, I won both the individual and team titles. Now I am still competing, with a much younger generation," said the 42-year-old Zhang.

Zhang is the only Chinese athlete to have competed in the Beijing Asian Games 20 years ago. She was the winner of the one and only open skeet event as the event was canceled after the 1992 Games.

China's diving team, dubbed the Dream Team, reinforced their dominance by winning both the women's synchronized platform and men's 3m springboard synchronized.

The Chinese fencing team, however, saw their leading position in Asia rocked despite winning the men's team sabre on the last day of the fencing competition. South Korea nailed the women's team foil, one of their seven fencing gold medals here out of 12 on offer. China collected four in total and Japan had one.

The women's beach volleyball team also found no match at the Games after Beijing Olympics bronze medalists Xue Chen and Zhang Xi edged Huang Ying and Yue Yuan to give China a one-two finish.

On the track and field, China reaped two gold medals in the women's 20km road race through Liu Hong and women's discus by Li Yanfeng.

Sharing the lead was Bahrain which won the men's 3,000m steeplechase through Tareq Mubarak Salem Taher and the women's 1,500m through Maryam Yusuf Isa Jamal.

Qatari Mutaz Essa Barshim clinched the men's high jump and Saudi Arabian Mohammed Shaween grabbed the men's 1,500m.

Jung Soonok of South Korea seized the women's long jump title while Yuliya Tarasova of Uzbekistan won heptathlon.

Chinese women's rugby players were one step away from the Asian crown after losing to Kazakhstan in the gold medal match while the men's title went to Japan who defeated their rivals from Hong Kong of China where the newly added 2016 Olympics sport is popular.

Three wrestling titles were shared as Nurmakhan Tinaliyev of Kazakhstan beat Chinese Liu Deli to win the men's 120kg Greco-Roman, Dilshod Mansurov of Uzbekistan overcame DPR Korean Yang Kyong Il to clinch the men's 55kg freestyle, and Mandakhnaran Ganzorig of Mongolia defeated Japanese Hiroyuki Oda to lift the men's 60kg freestyle.

Chinese Taipei bagged three titles from both the Olympic and non-Olympic events.

Hsiao Mei Yu won the women's individual road race cycling and Sung Ching Yang and Huang Yu Ting triumphed in the men's and women's 500m sprint races in the roller sports.

South Korean Yun Ok Hee beat Chinese Cheng Ming to win the women's individual archery.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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