China's gold tally reaches 76 in Asian Games

Updated: 2006-12-07 07:55

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 rings.

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.

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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.

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