In this image taken from television,
South Korean rider Kim Hyung-chil falls from his horse Bundaberg Black
during the cross country section of the equestrian three day eventing
competition at the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, Thursday Dec. 7, 2006. Kim
Hyung-chil died after the fall in rainy conditions on Thursday. He was
Doha - China and Japan ended six days of swimming action deadlocked with 16
gold each, but tragedy marred the Asian Games when a South Korean equestrian
rider was crushed to death in a fall.
Proceedings were blighted when Kim Hyung Chil died after his horse Bundaberg
Black reared and fell as it attemped a fence during the individual cross country
Kim, 47, an
experienced rider, was thrown from the saddle and crushed by the horse which
landed on his head.
"We have opened a formal inquiry into this tragic accident," said Chris
Hodson, vice-president of the International Equestrian Federation.
"To my knowledge it is the first time this has happened at the Asian Games."
There was another scare when Chinese water polo player Han Zhidong collapsed
poolside. He was rushed to hospital but his condition was not known.
In the pool, the wheels fell off the Chinese juggernaut when it produced its
worst performance so far, which ending their regional dominance established when
they finished with 20 golds to Japan's 11 at the last Asiad.
Japan picked up three men's golds on Thursday to China's woman's gold.
But the night belonged to South Korean teenager Park Tae-Hwan who snatched
his third gold of the meet with his second Asian record of the competition.
Park, 17, clocked 14min 55.03secs to win the 1,500m freestyle, establishing
himself as the oustanding swimmer of the games.
The Seoul schoolboy also won the 200m and 400m freestyle.
China started the day on the right foot, with Han Yucheng winning the men's
20 kilometre walk in appalling conditions with rain bucketing down.
Despite this, he crossed the finish line in 1hr 21mins 40sec, collecting the
first athletics title of the Games ahead of Kim Hyun-Sub of South Korea and
Japan's Koichiro Morioka.
His teammate Liu Hong won the women's race.
Han though was not happy despite his convincing victory.
"I am not satisfied with the result," said Han. "Before the Games I wanted to
set a new Asian Games record but I didn't."
The rain created havoc, with the tennis team finals and soft tennis finals
cancelled for the day.
The baseball eventually got underway and a triumphant Taiwan beat Japan 8-7
to take the crown.
"We were down a couple of times in the game and never gave up," said Taiwan
pitcher Keng Po Hsuan. "That says a lot about the character of our team. It's
been a wild time, very exciting."
In the Al-Arabi Indoor Hall, China took control of the table tennis, fending
off attacks from Hong Kong and South Korea to win another three gold medals.
World number four Wang Hao beat team-mate and world number two Ma Lin 4-1 for
the men's singles title while Guo Yue overcame the challenge of Hong Kong's Tie
Ya Na 4-3.
Ma and Wang Nan earlier teamed for gold in the mixed doubles, beating South
Korean youngsters Lee Jung Woo and Lee Eun Hee to win 4-2.
On the water, China's women rowers added a hat-trick of gold to their
ever-increasing haul. Among the men, the medals were shared between South Korea,
Japan and China.
Meanwhile, India finally got a gold on the shooting ranges when Jaspal Rana
overcame illness to snatch a dramatic victory in the men's 25m Standard Pistol.
On the green beize of the snooker hall, defending champion and world number
four Ding Junhai of China beat his countryman Liang Wenbo 4-2 to win the singles
title for his third gold of the Games.