Day Three Review of the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Para Games

16 Dec 2010

Despite terrible weather conditions at the Aoti Main Stadium six athletes still managed to break Asian records whilst China dominated proceedings winning 17 gold medals.

On the track records were set in the Women’s 100 T13 by Japan’s Uran Sawada (13.28 seconds), China’s Xiong Dezhi in the Women’s 100m T38 (14.82) and Thailand’s Kitsana Jorchuy in the Men’s 200m T11 (24.08)

In throwing events there were gold medals and Asian records for Iran’s Salman Abbariki in the Men’s Shot Put F34 (10.47m), China’s Zhao Hongmei in the Women’s Javelin F46 (37.57m), and United Arab Emirates’ Thurava Alzaabi in the Women’s Javelin F33/34/52/53 (15.19m).

Just around the corner from the Athletics, Swimming saw two World and five Asian records broken.

Both world records fell in the two finals of the Men’s 200m Freestyle S5 (with eligible classes S3, S4 and S5).

In the first race Korea’s Kim Kyung-Hyun’s time of 3:20.32 knocked more than a second and a half off the previous S3 World record set earlier this year in Eindhoven. Moments later though China’s Li Hanhua, who was competing in the second race, took another four seconds off the S3 record lowering it further to 3:16.45.

Neither time was good enough to beat Japan’s Suziki Takayuki who broke his own Asian record to win gold in 3:02.45.

Other Asian records fell in the Men’s 50m Freestyle S10 to Iran’s Izadyar Shahin (26.91), the Women’s 50m Freestyle S10 to China’s Cai Jongmei (30.39), the Men’s 100m Backstroke S8 to China’s Yang Xiusen (1:12.77) and finally the Men’s 400m Freestyle S10 through Dawan Fraidden (4:50.35).

Two medal events took place in Powerlifting with gold medals going to China’s Liu Lei in the Men’s 67.5kg (222.5kg) and Iran’s Majid Farzin in the Men’s 75kg (220.0kg).

Korea dominated shooting winning four out of six medals available.

In the first medal event of the day China’s Zhang Cuiping took gold in the R3-SH1 Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone with a result of 704.7. The Korean pair of Sim Jae Young and Park Jin Ho took silver and bronze and respectively.

The second medal event – the R5-SH2 Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone of Shooting – saw Korea take gold and bronze.

Lee Ji Seok stood top of the podium after scoring 705.4 points whilst team-mate You Ho Gyoung came third. China’s LongRuihong took silver.

Korea also had a good day in Tenpin Bowling’s three gold medal events, claiming victory in two. Chinese Taipei picked up the other gold.

After three days of competition badminton saw its first six medal events. Korea and Vietnam were the most successful winning two gold medals apiece whilst China and Hong Kong won one each.

Judo saw China victorious in the Women’s 57kg and 63kg categories whilst Iran were successful in the Men’s 66kg. Mongolia picked up their first silver medal of the Games through Munkhbat Aajim in the Men’s 66kg.

Table tennis saw three medals up for grabs, with host nation China claiming all three.

In Archery a number of semi-final matches took place for finals that will take place on Thursday.

Group games and knock-out matches continued in Boccia, Football 5-a-side, Football 7-a-side, Goalball, Table Tennis, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Tennis.