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Lin breaks China's lifting duck with 69kg gold INCHEON: China finally ended North Korea's weightlifting stranglehold when Olympic champion Lin Qingfeng took their first gold of the competition after a close battle packed with incident in the men's 69kg.Both Lin and North Korea's Kim Myong-Hyok totalled 342kg but Lin took the gold by virtue of having the lighter bodyweight to get China's lifting challenge back on track."I was confident because I knew I could beat him," said Lin afterwards, clearly delighted that China had their first gold and maiden victory over North Korea after three days of competition. "I don't know if I will be selected for the 2016 Olympics. But I know China will pick the best weightlifter and he will beat Kim again to win gold."Mohammed Kadhum of Iraq, ranked only 10th in the world, was a surprised and delighted bronze medallist on 325kg after three higher-rated lifters in the medal hunt all failed to last ...

Japan swim king Hagino completes golden treble INCHEON: Japan's Kosuke Hagino followed a shock 200 metres freestyle gold by adding his signature 200m individual medley and the 4x200m freestyle relay title at the Asian Games on Monday as signs of Chinese frustration began to show.Hagino's heroics helped Japan finish the second day of the swimming competition in Incheon leading powerhouse China 7-5 in gold medals, prompting a furious rant from a senior Chinese swim official.As Hagino got up to leave the press ...
China beat South Korea for women's badminton gold INCHEON: China beat South Korea to take gold in the women's team badminton in Incheon Monday, in a fierce battle which saw Korea's top seed break down in tears at her defeat.The Chinese favourites, including the three top world-ranked women's singles players, defeated the hosts 3-0 overall in a scoreline which belied the Koreans' brave performances.Distraught Sung Ji-Hyun could not contain her grief after losing to top seed Li Xuerui in a 2-1 duel, having ...
'Weird' to see Lampard in light blue - Chelsea's Cahill LONDON: Seeing Frank Lampard level the scores for Manchester City against former club Chelsea was a "weird" experience, according to the London side's centre-back Gary Cahill.The Blues were well on the way to winning the heavyweight clash against title rivals City on Sunday, with substitute Andre Schurrle putting them 1-0 in front shortly after Pablo Zabaleta's sending off handed them the initiative.But it was the familiar figure of Chelsea's record goalscorer Lampard - in the ...
Federer replaces injured Nadal in new league NEW DELHI: Roger Federer has agreed to step in and replace old foe Rafa Nadal in the Indian franchise of the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), organisers said on Monday. Fourteen times grand slam winner Nadal dealt a big blow to the fledgling tournament by pulling out because of "health problems" hours before Federer, the winner of a record 17 slam titles, stepped in despite initially appearing apprehensive of the league. "I'm really looking ...
China's Sun to miss relay with sore thumb INCHEON: China's double Olympic champion Sun Yang will skip the Asian Games 4x200 metres freestyle relay on Monday after hurting his thumb in the individual event, Chinese media reported.The towering Sun, beaten to gold by Japan's Kosuke Hagino in Sunday's 200 final, will rest for Tuesday's 400 freestyle, when he once again faces the Japanese and South Korean rival Park Tae-Hwan."Sun will not race in the 4x200m relay tonight," Sun's coach Zhang Yadong told China's ...
Pakistan faces Japan in Asian Games baseball opener on Tuesday INCHEON: Pakistan hoping to improve their standing in baseball event of the XVII Asian Games as they prepared to face Japan in their opening group A match at Munhak Baseball Stadium on Tuesday.Pakistan finished 5th in the last Asiad held in Guangzhou (China) four years ago. But they are hoping to improve standing in the eight team competition. Pakistan’s lone win in the last games was against Hong Kong.They are drawn in comparatively group A ...


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