Monday, November 22, 2010

Lao Yi fastest in Asia, Suryo only sixth

Outclassed: China’s Lao Yi runs ahead of Indonesia’s Suryo Agung Wibowo to win the men’s 100 meters final at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, on Monday. Reuters/David GrayOutclassed: China’s Lao Yi runs ahead of Indonesia’s Suryo Agung Wibowo to win the men’s 100 meters final at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, on Monday. Reuters/David Gray Chinese sprinter Lao Yi claimed himself as Asia’s fastest man at the Aoti Main Stadium on Monday by clocking 10.24 seconds to snatch gold, followed by Alnashi Yasir Baalghayth of Saudi Arabia at 10.26 and Al Harthi Barakat of Oman at 10.28.
It was a different story for Indonesian sprinter Suryo Agung Wibowo, a two-time Southeast Asian Games winner, who finished sixth at 10.37 seconds. His time was far behind his personal best of the 10.17 seconds he set at the 2009 SEA Games in Vientiane, Laos.
“I started late so I had to chase them afterward. I don’t know why, and I was ready and fully focused. If my start was better, the result would be different,” Suryo said.
“The replay on the screen shows that I looked ‘lost’ in the first step and that’s what I felt.”
With the 16th Asian Games nearing its end, Indonesia only added another silver from the bowling lane with the women’s team of five finishing second after almost four hours of competition at Tianhe Bowling Hall.
Indonesians Tannya Roumimper, Novie Phang, Lvana Hie, Sharon Santoso and Putty Armien scored 6,340 points compared to South Korea’s 6,711 and Malaysia’s 6,295.
In the men’s team of five, the 2006 Doha Games men’s singles gold medalist Ryan Lalisang and teammates unexpectedly finished ninth. South Korea won the gold medal after scoring 6,654 points, followed by Malaysia with 6,579 and Hong Kong with 6,475.
Earlier in the day, national cyclist Ariehaan Hilman only finished 23rd in the  men’s individual road race in the Triathlon Venue while compatriot Tonton Susanto finished 35th.
The final phase of the 180-kilometer event was a neck-to-neck race among the medalists.
Wong Kam Po of Hong Kong won the race by clocking 4 hours 14 minutes and 54.18 seconds followed by Takashi Miyazawa of Japan with 4:14:54.33 and Zou Rongxi of China with 4:14:54.96.
For the women’s kayak double 500 meter pair, Indonesia’s old hands Sarce Aronggear and Rasima qualified for the final after finishing third in the first heat at the International Rowing Center by clocking 1:56.237 behind Japan pair Shinobu Kitamoto and Asumi Ohmura (1:44.642) and Korean pair Yoo Mi Na and Shin Jin Ah (1:52.487).
Sarce, however, failed to qualify for the women’s kayak single 200 meters after finishing fourth in the first heat.
Indonesian pair Silo and Muchlis, who helped win three golds in the dragon-boat race, failed to qualify for both finals of the men’s kayak double 1,000 meters and  men’s kayak double 200 meters.
Teammate Tarra Anwar only finished fifth in the men’s canoe single 200-meter first heat and failed to reach the final.
In two diving events at the Aoti Aquatics Center, Indonesian divers went home empty handed.
Muhammad Nasrulah and Noor Husaini collected only 315.51 points to stand sixth in the men’s synchronized 10-meter platform final.
Sari Ambarwati and Maria Natalia also finished sixth in the women’s synchronized 3-meter springboard final.
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