All the drama of the Asian Games

2010-11-17 07:26

Guangzhou – The fifth day of competition at the Asian Games saw Olympic swimming star Park Tae-hwan back in the pool to begin his quest for a third gold medal, but there was also another crash at the velodrome and some controversy in taekwondo.

Park qualified fastest for the 100m freestyle final, a day after completing the 200-400 golden double in the same stroke.

The Olympic 400 freestyle champion clocked in 49.85 seconds in todays’s heats ahead of the evening finals.

The 21-year-old Park will also go for a 1 500 freestyle gold tomorrow, which would give him a historic 200-400-1 500 triple at two successive Asian Games.

At the velodrome, cyclists were wheeled off the track on stretchers for the second consecutive day after a crash in the keirin final that knocked two men out of the race.

There was controversy in taekwondo when Yang Shu-chun of Taiwan, leading 9-0 in her 49kg round-of-16 match, was disqualified by Philippine referee Stephen Fernandez with 12 seconds left in the first round.

Despite Yang dominating to that point, the bout was awarded to Thi Hau Vu of Vietnam, a decision that provoked tears from Yang and her coach, who were slow to leave the mat. Officials planned a media conference later today to discuss the reason for the disqualification.

During today’s cycling crash, China’s Zhang Lei fell to the track and Iran’s Mohammad Parash was unable to stop and ran over Zhang, then flew off his bike. Paramedics put a neck brace on Parash and wheeled him off the track.

Yesterday, five cyclists failed to finish a crash-marred women’s points race. Wong Wan Yiu of Hong Kong, injured in the incident, completed the race and won silver despite injuring her arm and ribs. Another Hong Kong cyclist dislocated her shoulder.

Hong was feeling much better today, but wasn’t sure if she would compete in the mountain cycling events.

“It depends on my condition the next two days,” Wong said. “I don’t want to make my family worry about me.”

Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia won gold in the crash-filled keirin race, Vladimir Tuychiev of Uzbekistan was first in the men’s points race, and China’s Zhang Lei and Guo Shuang won the men’s and women’s sprints, respectively.

All six gold medals in shooting were awarded early today, with Pak Myong Won of North Korea winning the running target mixed title and leading his compatriots to the team gold.

With nine of 39 gold medals awarded today, China continued to add to its overwhelming number of gold medals, topping the 80 mark. South Korea was second with 22, while Japan had 15.

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