Chinese gymnast Yang Wei
became the most titled athlete in the 15th Asian Games after taking his fourth
gold medal from the parallel bars on Wednesday, when China won 17 more gold
medals to make it 76 in total.
Chen Fei of China performs performs
on the floor.Cheng won the gold medal in the individual floor apparatus
gold medal in the 15th Asian Games in Doha December 6, 2006. [Xinhua]
Yang, winner of three events at last October's world championships in Aarhus,
Denmark, shared the parallel bars title with South Korean Kim Dae Eun with
16.300 points, adding to his three gold medals in the team, all-around and
The 26-year-old, who made his Asian Games debut in the 1998 Bangkok Games,
thus tied Chinese legend Li Ning's eight golds as the most prolific male gymnast
in the Asiad history.
Cheng Fei, also a triple gold medal winner at the Aahus Worlds, claimed her
third gold in Doha after winning the floor event with ease, following her top
honors in the team and vault competitions.
China has much more to celebrate in gymnastics, winning three golds and three
silvers medals from the day's five apparatus finals. Veteran Zhang Nan continued
her impressive form on the beam to grab the balance-oriented title.
Zhang's gold was China's ninth gymnastics title in Doha and also the 100th
her team has won since they made an Asian Games debut in 1974.
DPR Korea captured a gymnastics gold through Ri Se Gwang, who proved
victorious in the men's vault. Japanese Hisashi Mizutori went away with the
men's horizontal title.
The swimming pool also witnessed a Chinese triple gold medalist. Xu Yanwei
won the women's 100m freestyle to add her third gold to the 50m free and the
4x100m freestyle relay.
Arch rivals China and Japan kept racing head by head in the limelight when
each seized three out of the six swimming gold medals on offer.
Chen Zuo powered to defend the men's 100m free in an Asian record time after
he had to settle with two silver medals in 4x100m and 4x200m free relay while
Japan claimed golds in both events.
In women's 200m breaststroke, former world record holder Qi Hui stormed to
finish in 2:23.93 as the Athens Olympic Games sixth-place finisher took her
second title in her favorite event to add to her 400m individual medley gold.
Japanese Hidemasa Sano overcame compatriot and Asian record holder Ken
Takakuwa for the men's 200m individual medley gold and Reiko Nakamura triumphed
in women's 100m backstroke.
In the last event of the night, Yurie Yano beat China's
400m free champion Yang Jieqiao for the 800m free title.