China Lead After Day Two
INCHEON, 20 Oct – Sporting powerhouse China is on top at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games amassing 114 medals after just two days of competition. Host South Korea’s 53 put them in second place and Japan fall into third spot with just one medal less, 52.
Athletics produced the most medals for China on Sunday with MI Na (CHN) breaking her own discus F38 Asian Games record of 30.42m achieved in Guangzhou 2010 with a throw of 31.57m.
Japan’s Shinya WADA who made history by winning the first gold medal of the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games in the men’s 5000m T11 with his record time of 16:20.48 minutes, added another gold to his collection by finishing in 4:20.45 minutes in the men’s 1500m T11 on Monday.
London 2012 bronze medallist Muhammad Ziyad ZOLKEFLI (MAS) came close to beating his personal best but still claimed the gold in the men’s F20 shot put with 15.31m.
Japan’s dominated the pool as they took 13 medals on Sunday and 14 on Monday. Contributing to the tally was another London 2012 winner Tomotaro NAKAMURA who claimed victory in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB7 by touching the wall in 1:25.21 minutes. Takuro YAMADA (JPN) made it a double gold haul with wins in men’s individual medley SM9 (2:25.57 minutes) and the men’s 100 freestyle S9 (58.48s).
In powerlifting on Sunday, two world and three Asian records were broken as the Chinese women led the way with gold in two of the medal events.
Dandan HU’s (CHN) lift of 99kg gave her gold, a world and Asian record in the women’s up to 45kg class. China’s second gold came from Zhe CUI in the women’s up to 41kg who lifted 98kg to break her own six-month-old Asian record by 1kg.
Iran’s world champion pistol shooter Sareh JAVANMARDIDODMANI smashed the P4 (mixed 50m pistol SH1) and P2 (women’s 10m air pistol SH1) world records on Sunday (19 October) and Monday (20 October) at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games.
In boccia, South Korea took gold in the mixed team BC3 event, defeating Japan 10-5. In the mixed team BC4, it was a 4-4 draw but Hong Kong China was awarded the gold medal instead on Thailand, but Thailand made up for their loss by winning 5-3 in the BC1 mixed doubles against China.
Wheelchair dancesport which has been newly introduced into the Asian Games line-up drew local interest as the South Koreans swept all three gold medals on Monday, the first day of this competition.
LEE Jae-Woo and JANG Hye-Jeong started the ball rolling with a win in the Combi Standard Class 1, followed by PARK Jun-Young and CHOI Moon-Jung Combi Standard Class 2 and CHOI Jong-Chul and CHOI Moon-Jung Duo Latin Class 2. The Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games ends on Oct 24.
Hong Kong popular actor presenting medal to Chinese athletes at the Incheon Asian Para Games at the Asian Main Stadium.