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Walk gold for Japan's Tanii INCHEON: Japan's Takayuki Tanii broke the Chinese stranglehold on Asian Games race walking on Wednesday, taking gold in the men's 50 kilometre race in an event-record time.The 31-year-old finished in three hours, 40 minutes and 19 seconds, the fifth fastest time in the world this year and more than seven minutes quicker than the old Asian Games mark.The win denies China a clean sweep in race walking at the Games, after they took gold in both the men's and women's 20km event earlier in the week.The Chinese have dominated race walking at the Asian Games, winning 17 out of the 22 golds on offer in the various distances covered since the event was first included in 1951.South Korea's Park Chilsung took silver with China's Wang Zhendong third.The big excitement in Wednesday's fifth day of athletics competition at the Asiad Main Stadium comes later with the men's 200m final.Qatar's Femi Ogunode ...

Nishikori fires to victory in opening Tokyo match TOKYO: Kei Nishikori thrilled his home fans as the US Open finalist posted a 6-3, 6-4 opening victory over Ivan Dodig on Wednesday to reach the second round of the Japan Open.The fourth-seeded Nishikori could do no wrong at the Ariake Colosseum, where the roof waqs closed due to intermittent rain after two days of sunshine in the capital.Nishikori, last week's champion in Kuala Lumpur, next faces Donald Young after beating the American in both ...

Kvitova overcomes Peng to power through in China BEIJING: World number three Petra Kvitova opened her campaign to win a second consecutive tournament in China in commanding style Wednesday as she dumped out home-crowd favourite Peng Shuai in the $5.4 million China Open.The 6-4, 6-2 victory was a convincing performance from Kvitova, who won the Wuhan Open last Saturday and appeared to take the consistency she showed at the inaugural tournament to Beijing.Peng, who made the semi-finals at the US Open last month, ...

India to play four Tests in Australia SYDNEY: Australia's Kookaburras will host India in a four-match field hockey series in November and organisers said on Wednesday they hoped it would become an annual fixture.The November contests between the finalists from this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow precedes the Champions Trophy tournament in Bhubaneswar in December."We've been keen to bring India back to Australia for some time," said Hockey Australia chief executive Cam Vale."As we saw in Glasgow, matches between the Kookaburras and ...

North Korea coach blasts football refs INCHEON: North Korea coach Yun Jong-Su attacked refereeing bias at the Asian Games football and warned that Thursday's gold medal showdown with South Korea must be "fairly" handled.Yun protested at decisions made during the Stalinist state's semi-final win over Iraq. "We hope the final is refereed fairly. If so, we will fight fairly and squarely," he said.The North, bidding to win the gold medal for the first time since sharing it with the South in ...

Syrian karate fighter fails doping test INCHEON: A Syrian male karate competitor failed a drug test at the Asian Games and has been kicked out, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said Wednesday.Nour-Aldin al-Kurdi, the fifth athlete to be expelled for doping, tested positive for clenbuterol, which is widely used to build muscle bulk."The competitor has been disqualified from the competition as well as these Games," said an OCA statement, released the day after a wushu gold medal-winner from Malaysia was ...

Williams, Tsonga headline Hopman Cup PERTH: World number one Serena Williams will play in January's mixed teams Hopman Cup in Australia, joining defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, tournament organisers said Wednesday.Williams, an 18-time Grand Slam singles winner, will partner Wimbledon doubles champion Jack Sock in the United States team at the January 4 to 10 event in Perth.The 33-year-old, who won the Hopman Cup with James Blake in 2003 and with Mardy Fish in 2008, said she was looking forward to ...


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