China smashed through the 100 gold medal mark after just four days of competition in the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Para Games to take their overall medal tally to 244, 118 of which are gold.
Here’s a full review of day four in a very cold and windy Guangzhou.
No place was China’s dominance more underlined than at the Aoti Aquatics Centre where the host nation won 14 out of 16 medal events.
Lin Ping had a great day in the pool winning two gold medals and setting two Asian records, first in the Women’s 100m Freestyle S9 with a time of 1:07.31 and then in the Women’s 200m Individual Medley SM9 with a time of 2:48.75.
Shortly afterwards Chen Zhongian followed suit with an Asian record in the Women’s 100m Freestyle S8. Her time of 1:12.39 also secured her gold.
Other Asian record breakers on Thursday included Lin Furong in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley SM10 (2:22.99) and Li Hanhua in the Men’s 100m Freestyle S4 (1:34.04).
The trend for World records in throwing events at the Aoti Main Stadium continued on the third day of Athletics with three being broken.
The first to fall was in the Men’s Javelin F44 where Chinese athlete Gao Mingjie won gold and added nearly a metre to his own World record set at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. His throw of 58.53m was four metres ahead of silver medalist Gao Changlong of China and nearly eight metres ahead of Iran’s Ali Omidi in bronze.
In the Women’s Shot Put F37 China’s Mi Na set a new World record with a throw of 11.61m to win gold. Teammates Jia Qianqian and Xu Qiuping of China took the silver and bronze respectively.
In the afternoon session Hani Alnakhli claimed Saudi Arabia’s first gold of the Games in the Men’s Discus F32/33/34 in a new World record distance of 29.70m.
Korea continued their dominance of Shooting on Thursday winning two gold medals out of three events.
Lee Yunri secured gold in the R8-SH1 Women’s 50m Sport Rifle 3x20 with a result of 669.6 and Lee Ji Seok did the same in the R4-SH2 Mixed 10m Air Rifle Standing
China’s only gold in the event today went to Ni Hedong in the P3-SH1 Mixed 25m Sport Pistol who set a new World record with 775.0 points.
Host nation China picked up all four gold medals available in Powerlifting on Thursday.
In the first event of the day – the Women’s 52kg – Wang Hongchan took gold with a lift of 100.0kg. Yang Yan soon followed suit in the Women’s 56kg lifting 107.5kg to secure victory.
In the afternoon session Gu Xiaofei won the gold medal in the Men's 82.5kg with a lift of 215.0kg and Cui Jianjin made it a clean sweep for China powering her way to victory in the Women’s 60kg category lifting 110.0kg.
Japan claimed gold in the two Men’s categories – 73kg and 81kg – and China came out on top in the Women’s 70kg.
In Cycling China claimed gold in the Mixed C1-5 Individual Time Trial and the Mixed Tandem Individual Time Trial. Japan claimed the Mixed H 1-4 Individual Time Trial.
Of the four medals up for grabs on Thursday, the host nation won all four claiming victory in the Women’s Singles TT 1-3, Men’s Singles TT 1-4, Men’s Singles TT5 and the Women’s Singles TT5.
Korea and Malaysia shared two gold medals each of the four up for grabs at the Tianhe Bowling Hall.
At the Aoti Archery Range there were seven gold medal contests on Thursday and these were shared out between Iran, Korea and Japan who won two each and China who claimed one.
China claimed three of the four gold medals available. Honk Kong claimed the other.
Group games and knock-out matches continued in Badminton Boccia, Football 5-a-side, Football 7-a-side, Goalball, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Tennis.
The Guangzhou Asian Para Games run until 19 December and involve around 2,500 athletes from 41 countries competing in 19 sports.