Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Asian Games: China win gold in women's 50m backstroke

SINGAPORE: There were no medals for Singapore from the swimming pools at the Asian Games in Guangzhou on Monday, as Tao Li finished sixth and her compatriot Shana Lim seventh in the women's 50-metre backstroke final.

China's Gao Chang won the gold in the event to go one better than her silver medal performance four years ago in Doha.

Gao, who took bronze at last year's world championships in Rome, clocked 27.45sec, finishing ahead of Japan's Aya Terakawa, who touched in 27.86sec, and Xu Tianlongzi of China, whose time was 28.14sec.

Despite the disappointment on the third day of competition, Tao Li is a strong contender to win gold on Thursday in the 50-metre butterfly event where she is the defending champion.

Tao Li gave Singapore a silver last Saturday in the 100-metre butterfly event.

Elsewhere, Singapore remained in strong contention for gold in sailing. Colin Cheng won both his races in the men's Laser earlier Monday to lead the standings on 5 points.

In the women's Double Handed Dinghy 420, Singapore's pair of Rachel Lee and Low Rui Qi won both their races as well following wins in races one and two on Sunday.

Their compatriot Ryan Lo finished 5th and first in his two races on Monday and has 12 points over four races.

Singapore's pair of Justin Liu and Sherman Cheng were also in a strong position for a medal in the men's Double Handed Dinghy 420. They came in second after the South Koreans in both races on Monday.

Meanwhile, Singapore's men's hockey team fell 0-3 to Malaysia in their opening group game.

The Republic conceded all three goals in the first half. They will next face China

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