Friday, November 12, 2010

Yuan wins first gold of the Asian games for China

No prizes for guessing who won the first gold medal of the Guangzhou Asian Games: the script was well choreographed for Yuan Xiaochao and China.
Wushu, the Chinese martial arts, offered the first of 28 gold medals on offer Saturday and two-time world champion Yuan Xiaochao obliged by winning the changquan discipline in confident style before 10 am. on day one of competition.
"I feel very lucky to be able to compete for China's first gold medal ... very happy to get that first gold medal," said the 22-year-old Yuan, an avid Bruce Lee and Jet Li fan who harbors ambitions of working in kung-fu movie. "The win has a significant meaning for me. It is also a good way to make the world know China and Chinese Wushu."
China topped the medal count at the last Asian Games in Doha with 166 gold medals, well clear of second-place South Korea's 58. The host nation's only medal target in Guangzhou, where 476 gold medals are at stake, is to surpass the 2006 totals.

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