Day 3 Roundup: Chinese paddlers clinch team titles, young shooters continue momentum
Chinese paddlers lived up to their billing by sweeping Men's and Women's Team titles, while teenage shooters Huang Yuting and Sheng Lihao added another gold to the hosts' tally on Day 3 of the Hangzhou Asiad.
HANGZHOU, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- China's table tennis players secured their fifth straight Women's Team and the eighth consecutive Men's Team titles at the Asian Games in Hangzhou. Meanwhile, teenage shooters added a gold in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event to China's medal tally on Tuesday.
Chinese paddlers dominated the team finals, winning 3-0 in both men's and women's events against the Republic of Korea and Japan, respectively. "My teammates gave me much support when I played on the field, and we became more and more united," said world No. 1 Sun Yingsha, who beat Japan's Hina Hayata 3-1 (11-6, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9) to set the pace for Team China.
Following Sun's victory, Olympic champion Chen Meng rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Miu Hirano in five games (12-10, 8-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5), while Wang Manyu concluded the team final with a 3-1 (6-11, 11-4, 11-7, 13-11) victory over 15-year-old Miwa Harimoto.
In the men's side, China eased past the Republic of Korea as Wang Chuqin defeated Lim Jonghoon 3-1 (11-9, 8-11, 11-5, 12-10), Fan Zhendong crushed An Jaehyun 3-0 (11-6, 12-10, 11-3), and veteran Ma Long swept past Park Ganghyeon 3-0 (11-3, 12-10, 11-6). Ma, 34, who only attended the Asiad team event, said he will stay to help teammates prepare for the upcoming matches.
On the shooting range, 17-year-old Chinese shooter Huang Yuting and her 18-year-old teammate Sheng Lihao won the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event, marking Huang's third gold medal in Hangzhou and the second for Sheng, fresh from his world record performance in the Men's 10m Air Rifle on Monday.
"There was a little pressure on the home court, but I just tried to see it from a positive perspective," said Zhejiang-born Huang, who previously won in the Women's 10m Air Rifle Individual and Team events. "Hangzhou of Zhejiang is a lucky place for me."
Also on Tuesday, the Republic of Korea clinched the gold in the Men's 10m Running Target Mixed Team event with 1,116 points, while the event's individual gold went to Indonesia's Muhammad Sejahtera Dwi Putra with 378 points.
Swimming still functioned as a major source for China, as the host grabbed four of the six golds on offer. China's world champion Li Bingjie led all the way to win the Women's 400m Freestyle in 4:01.96. "It was a bit disappointing as I think I could have finished the event in less than 4 minutes," Li said.
Pan Zhanle, Qin Haiyang, Wang Changhao, and Xu Jiayu refreshed the Asian record with a time of 3:27.01, world second best of all time, to claim the gold in the Men's 4x100m Medley Relay for China.
"We had hoped to break the Asian record before the match, but suddenly we were close to the world record, so our goal now is to break the world record," Xu said.
The Asian Games awarded its first-ever Esports gold medal on Tuesday as China defeated Malaysia 2-0 in the final of the Arena of Valor Asian Games Version. Seven gold medals will be decided over nine days from Esports, including two mobile games. League of Legends is widely seen as the most popular one.
On the third full competition day of Hangzhou Asian Games, Chinese athletes bagged 14 gold medals in total, covering Gymnastics, Cycling Track, Judo, and Taekwondo, as China leads the medal table with 53 gold, 29 silver, and 13 bronze medals, followed by the Republic of Korea and Japan.