JAKARTA — Highlights of day eight of the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang on Saturday (times GMT):
China extend lead at top of medals table
China added six more gold medals to their tally on Saturday, including victories in tennis, athletics and shooting, to sit on top of the standings ahead of Japan and South Korea.
- China’s Su sails through heats.
- Unified Korea win medal in dragon boat race.
- Gold secures Istomin’s spot in Tokyo Olympics.
- Iran’s Moradi breaks weightlifting record.
- Esports makes Asian Games bow.
- Bahrain complain after Inoue wins marathon.
- Japan swim queen Ikee makes light of burden.
- OCA confirms Korea swimming complaint.
- Ikee sets record but Japan, China share honors.
- Insider who plotted India’s kabaddi downfall.
- Su to lead China’s Asian athletics gold rush.
- Wang Tokyo-bound after Asian tennis defense.
- Turkmenistan wrestler fails doping test.
- Pakistan rower Ejaz barred from Games.
- Son’s South Korea beat Iran to reach quarters.
Kyrgyzstan’s Maslova wins women’s 10,000 meters
Daria Maslova secured Kyrgyzstan’s fourth gold medal in Asian Games history and their second in athletics by winning the women’s 10,000 metres.
One-two for China in women’s hammer throw
China’s Luo Na won the women’s hammer on the first day of track and field action with an effort of 71.42m. She beat compatriot Wang Zheng (70.86m) who claimed silver. Japan’s Hitomi Katsuyama (62.95m) took bronze.
Indonesia win gold in mixed doubles tennis
Indonesia’s Christopher Rungkat and Aldila Sutjiadi overcame the Thai pair of Sonchat Ratiwatana and Luksika Kumkhum 6-4 5-7 10-7 in the tennis mixed doubles final.
The hosts now have 10 gold medals in these Games to stay on course to reach their target of 16.
Yao on target for China
China’s Yao Zhaonan won gold in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol on the penultimate day of the shooting competition.
Earlier, Pak Myong Won of North Korea won the men’s 10m running target mixed event to repeat his 2010 success.
Iran’s Moradi sets world record in weightlifting
Iranian weightlifter Sohrab Moradi broke the world record in the 94kg snatch event by lifting 189kg. He eclipsed the previous mark of 188kg set by Akakios Kakiavilis of Greece in 1999.
Istomin beats Wu to take tennis gold
Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin rallied from a set down to beat China’s Wu Yibing 2-6 6-2 7-6(2) and clinch the men’s singles tennis gold. Istomin fired 15 aces and 47 winners in the match lasting two hours and 16 minutes.
Japan claim karate gold medals
Japanese karateka Riyo Kiyuna won the men’s individual kata event, while compatriot Kiyou Shimizu triumphed in the women’s competition to defend her gold medal from the Incheon Games.
China wins women’s tennis doubles gold
The second seeded Chinese pair of Xu Yifan and Yang Zhaoxuan edged Taiwan’s top-seeded sisters Latisha Chan and Chan.
Hao-ching 6-2 1-6 11-9 to win the women’s tennis doubles gold at the Asian Games.
China also won the women’s singles gold when Wang Qiang defended her title by defeating compatriot Zhang Shuai on Friday.
Thai Buree bags jet ski gold to become oldest winner
Thai Phadit Buree became the oldest gold medallist at the 2018 Asian Games when the 45-year-old won the Jet Ski Runabout 1100 Stock ahead of compatriot Attapon Kunsa. Khalid Almaazmi of the United Arab Emirates took bronze.
Thai Pornchai wins 10th sepaktakraw gold
Pornchai Kaokaew won his 10th gold medal at the Asian Games when Thailand defeated Laos to win the men’s team doubles event in sepaktakraw. Thailand has now won 25 of the possible 36 gold medals in Asian Games sepaktakraw events.
Japan’s Inoue wins men’s marathon
Hiroto Inoue ended Japan’s 32-year wait for men’s marathon gold at the Asian Games when he edged Bahrain’s Elhassan Elabbassi to win the first medal in athletics on Saturday.
Takeyuki Nakayama won Japan’s last gold in the event when he clocked an Asian Games record time of two hours, eight minutes and 21 seconds in Seoul in 1986.
Inoue ran neck and neck with the Moroccan-born Elabbassi in the closing kilometers and both athletes finished in 2:18:22 on a warm morning in the Indonesian capital. Dou Bujie of China finished 26 seconds behind to claim bronze.
“It was a tough race. I knew I’d win in the home stretch so I went all out. I’m glad I managed to win,” Inoue said.
“(After the 35-kilometer point) I pushed the pace but my opponent was stronger than I thought. This is a big confidence boost for me.”
— Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru and Sudipto Ganguly in Jakarta; Editing by John O’Brien and Ed Osmond