China still dominates the games; Malaysia passed Indonesia positions which down to rank 12th.


China's Lin returns a shot to Hong Kong's Pui during their women's singles match at the 2010 Badminton World Championships
China’s Lin returns a shot to Hong Kong’s Pui during their women’s singles match at the 2010 Badminton World Championships


Mainstay hosts China, Lin DanLin Dan managed to carve hegemony in the single son with Asian Games gold medalist XVI, Guangzhou, China, Sunday (21/11).

In the final game, the player Lin Dan beat world number one from Malaysia, Lee Chong WeiChong Wei in the rubber match 21-13 15-21 21-10 game.

Lin Dan and Chong Wei qualified for the finals after the semifinals, Saturday (20/11/10), get rid of their opponents. Chong Wei played three games against China’s number two single, Chen Jin, with a final score of 14-21, 21-15, 21-7, while Lin Dan beat South Korean player Park Sung Hwan in two games 21-14, 21-10.

Meanwhile, Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia represented and Sony Dwi Kuncoro has been eliminated before the semifinals. Sony lost the first game, while defending champion Taufik who is disingikrkan Park Sung-Hwan in the quarter-finals.

China still dominates the games; Malaysia passed Indonesia positions which down to rank 12th.

Meanwhile China Daily reported that, Victorious host dominates medal count but still looks to improve ahead of next year’s World Championships and the 2012 Olympics.

With 24 gold medals, 16 silver and 14 bronze, the Chinese swimming team overwhelmingly beat archrival Japan (nine gold, 18 silver and 12 bronze) to claim supremacy of the pool at the Asian Games.

However, China’s head coach is reluctant to say the host team’s swimmers have surpassed those of Japan while the rising Republic of Korea (ROK), which claimed four gold, three silver and six bronze, cannot be ignored.

“In Asia, Japan is still stronger than the Chinese team since its average level is higher than us,” said Yao Zhengjie, head coach of the Chinese squad. “The Koreans are making quick progress as well. We still have to work hard if we want to achieve good results at the World Championships next year and the London Olympic Games in 2012.”

At the Doha Asian Games four years ago, China and Japan claimed 16 gold medals apiece in the pool. The Japanese team also beat China in total number of medals won, 47-44.

In the home pool at the Guangzhou Games, the Chinese women’s team overwhelmed the Japanese in gold medals 17-0. The host also showed its rising strength on men’s side.

Young Chinese freestyler Sun Yang dominated men’s 1,500m freestyle and narrowly missed the world record, but he smashed the Asian record by more than 10 seconds.

The Japanese also surrendered their favorite event, the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay.

Since the 4x200m freestyle relay was introduced at the Asian Games in 1954, Japan had swept every title. However, in Guangzhou, a young Chinese team led by Sun and world champion Zhang Lin broke its domination and edged Japan to second.

“On the men’s side, we only have the advantage in freestyle,” said Yao.

“Before the Asiad, our goal was to win about 20 gold medals, but the Japanese team didn’t perform well this time. I don’t know the exact reason. But I should say they are still at the world’s top level. We have to work hard to catch up with them.”

Although its leading swimmer, four-time Olympic gold medalist Kosuke Kitajima, didn’t perform well due to a shoulder injury, the Japanese men’s team maintained its advantage in the men’s breaststroke by winning the 100m and 200m events. It also swept the gold medals in the backstroke events

As for the shock 4x200m relay loss, the Japanese swimmers have vowed to bounce back with a vengeance.

“China is just better than us today. We have to accept the reality,” said Sho Uchida, the second swimmer on the relay team, after the race. “We will go back to sum up the lessons we learned here to see how we can improve.”

The Chinese men do not have the freestyle events all to themselves in Asia as the ROK’s Park Tae-hwan was all class at the Asiad.

Park won gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 400m, beating the Chinese duo of Sun and Zhang, and also helped the ROK team win a silver medal and two bronze in the relays. The 1,500m gold was the only one he missed in the individual freestyle events.

Besides Park, the ROK women’s team also grabbed a gold in 200m breaststroke when Darae Jeong held off strong Chinese and Japanese opponents.

The Chinese team claims it is ready for further clashes with its Asian neighbors and has already set its sights on higher-level competitions.

“We won’t be satisfied with what we have achieved at the Asian Games. We will work hard to prepare for the World Championships next year and the 2012 London Olympic Games,” said Yao.

China still lead the games with 146 gold, 71 silver and 70 bronze, South Korea in the second place with 55 gold, 46 silver and 61 bronze, Japan in the third place with 30 gold, 54 silver and 61 bronze, Iran in the 4th rank with 10 gold, 8 silver and 14 bronze.

Hong Kong, China in the 5th place with 7 gold, 13 silver and 9 bronce, Thailand’s in the 6th place with 7 gold, 7 silver and 22 bronze, Chinese Taipei in the 7th rank with 6 gold, 8 silver and 29 bronze, India in 8th rank with 5 gold , 11 silver and 17 bronce, North Korea in the 9th rank with 5 gold, 8 silver and 12 bronce, Malaysia in the 10th rank with 5 gold, 8 silver and 11 bronze, Kazakhtan in the 11th rank with 4 gold, 12 silver and 20 bronze, and Indonesia in the rank 12th with 4 gold, 6 silver and 10 bronze.

Although already reached the target with the acquisition of four gold medals, premises team is still opportunity to add a medal in Asian Games arena XVI.

Monday (22/11), Indonesian athletes will try his luck in some sports such as diving, athletics, bowling, boxing, canoeing and cycling.

In the branch bowling, Ryan Lalisang et al will go down in numbers on the morning team. While in the afternoon, tannya Roumempier et al will struggle gaining medals.

While at night, Indonesian sprinter, Suryo Agung Wibowo will go down in the semifinals of the 100 meters.

List of Asian Games medals acquisition while XVI on Sunday (21/11/10)

Rank; NOC; Gold ;Silver; Bronze; Total
1.China 146 71 70 287

2. Korea 55 46 61 162

3. Japan 30 54 61 145

4.Iran 10 8 14 32

5. Hong Kong, China 7 13 9 29

6. 7 7 22 36 Thailand

7. Chinese Taipei 6 8 29 43

8. India 5 11 17 33

9. DPR Korea 5 8 12 25

10. Malaysia 5 8 7 20

11.Kazakhstan 4 12 20 36

12. Indonesia 4 6 10 20

13. Singapore 4 6 6 16

14. Uzbekistan 3 9 14 26

15. Athletes from Kuwait 2 3 0 5

16. Philippines 2 2 8 12

17. Pakistan 1 2 1 4

18. Jordan 1 1 1 3

19. Macao, China 1 1 0 2

20. Bahrain 1 0 1 2

21. Tajikistan 1 0 1 2

22. Viet Nam 0 11 11 22

23. Myanmar 0 5 1 6

24. Mongolia 0 2 6 8

25. Kyrgyzstan 0 2 0 2

26. Qatar 0 1 3 4

27. Lebanon 0 1 2 3

28. Afghanistan 0 1 1 2

29. Bangladesh 0 1 0 1

30. United Arab Emirates 0 1 0 1

31. Lao PDR 0 0 2 2

32. Iraq 0 0 1 1

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