News of December 8th


Surprises Rule Shooting Range at Asiad

Surprises and "black horses" are the themes at the Hua Mark Sports Center shooting range when unheralded shooters from central Asian nations won the day's two individual titles.

Kazakhstan's Dina Aspandiyarova took the women's air pistol gold while Turkmenistan's Igor Pirekeev won the men's free rifle prone.

Chinese shooters carried home the silver and bronze medals, with Cai Yeqing notching 486.0 points and Ren Jie registering 484.6.

The team title went to China, who scored 1,151 to improve on their own Asian record of 1,138. Kazakhstan was second at 1,148 while South Korea third at 1,133.

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China Wins Men's Platform in Asian Games

Chinese diver Tian Liang collected 657.660 points to take the men's 10-meter platform diving title at the 13th Asian Games on Tuesday.

His compatriot Huang Qiang scored 574.020 points for a one-two finish for China, while S. Pichi had an accumulated score of 559.890 points for the bronze medal.

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China Beat Tajikistan 3-1 in Asiad Soccer

China beat Tajikistan 3-1 for their first victory in the second round of the Asiad soccer tournament on Tuesday.

The Chinese team, runners-up at the Hiroshima Asian Games, took an early lead at the 8th minute when Zhao Junzhe beat a off-side trap to put China 1-0 ahead.

The Chinese team totally outplayed their opponents in the first half, had a total shots of 12 to Tajikistan's one.

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Chinese Taipei Takes Women's 200m Freestyle in Asian Games

Chinese Taipei's Tsai Shu-min won the women's 200m freestyle final by clocking 2:00.89 in the Asian Games.

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Chinese Woman Racer Wins Cross Country Asiad Title

Ma Yanping of China took the women's cross country title at the 13th Asiad cycling competitions on Tuesday. The 20-year-old Chinese finished the distance fisrst in two hours seven minutes and 28 seconds, followed by Kanako Kobayashi of Japan in 2:11.45 while C. Singupatham of Thailand finished third in 2:17:34.

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Chinese Retain Women's Team Title in Asiad Gymnastics

One day after China's overwhelming victory in the men's team event, the Chinese girls snatched an even easier win and took the seventh straight Asian Games team title on Tuesday.

Japan picked up the silver with 146.812 points, which was 7.362 behind China's winning total of 154.174. Kazakhstan was third in 144.624.

The Chinese girls led all the way in the competition, topping every apparatus.

Beam world champion Liu Xuan scored 9.850 in her specialty event and floor world champion Kui Yuanyuan also got 9.850 points. Both marks were the highest of the day.

Kui also stayed first on the vaulting horse with 9.612 points. Teenager Ling Jie scored 9.825 to lead all the gymnasts on the uneven bars.

In her Asiad debut, Ling Jie is leading the top 24 athletes into the women's all-around finals on Thursday. Ling collected 38.375 points from four apparatus.

Liu and Kui also qualified for Thursday's finals.

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Mongolia Wins Men's 73-kg Judo Title in Asian Games

Haliun Boldbaatar of Mongolia outwitted Olympic champion Kenzo Nakamura of Japan to take the men's 73-kg judo title at the Bangkok Asian Games on Tuesday.

Andrey Shgurbadin of Uzbekistan and Kim Dae-Wook of South Korea shared in the third place.

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South Korea Wins Rugby Title in Asian Games

South Korea outpointed Japan 29-14 to take the rugby title of the 13th Asian Games on Tuesday.

Hosts Thailand awarded its home fans with a bronze by beating Chinese Taipei 19-5.

Hong Kong, China, ranked fifth after its 14-12 victory over Kazakhstan.

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Turkmenistan Wins First Asiad Gold From Shooting

Igor Pirekeev won the Turkmenistan's first Asian Games gold medal as he grabbed the men's free rifle prone shooting event.

Pirekeev, who posted 593 points in the preliminary rounds, scored the winning total of 697.2 points.

Thailand's Tavarit Majcharcheep landed the silver medal with 693.3 points and Japanese Naoki Kurita collected 691.1 points for the bronze.

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Chinese Weightlifter Breaks World Record

Chinese weightlifter Yang Xia broke the clean and jerk and total world records of the women's 53kg class at the Asian Games.

Yang Xia lifted 118 in her third attempt for a winning total of 210 kilograms.

The previous world record for the clean and jerk and total were 117.5 kilograms and 210.0 kilograms respectively.

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