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China dominates martial arts

China powered ahead in the medals table at the East Asian Games yesterday, dominating the martial arts events as they reached their climax.

Yesterday’s haul in the northern port city of Tianjin included six of the gold medals to be contested in the “sanshou” events — in which gloved fighters confront each other in physical combat.

Among the victorious Chinese fighters at the 10-day regional contest were Xiao Chun, who won the 52-kilogram event, and Li Kang, who claimed gold in the 56kg category.

South Korea’s Ham Gwan-sik took gold in the 65kg event, while Hong Kong, China’s Li Sone-wai won the 60kg contest.

Women fighters Feng Yufang (48kg) and Qiu Tiao (52kg) also took gold in their categories.

China also captured six gold medals in the “taolu” events, in which athletes do not engage in fights but are assessed on their techniques.

Liang Yongda took the gold for men’s “nanquan” and “nangun”, where fighters are assessed on their techniques in a type of boxing which translates into English as “Southern Fist”, and also their combat techniques using a stick-like weapon.

Women’s pair Zhao Longlong and Xin He claimed gold in their non-combative event.

Hong Kong took a pair of “taolu” golds, one in a men’s event and the other in a women’s event assessing techniques in stick and sword weapon use.

But not everything went perfectly for the hosts, with their men’s 3-meter synchronized diving team leading as it went into the final round but failing with its last dive, scoring zero and finishing third behind Japan and South Korea.

China had 67 gold medals overall, ahead of South Korea on 17 and Japan on 13.



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