China clean up the Incheon pool

China's swimming squad wins six gold medals at the Asian Games on Tuesday and jumps to top of the medals tally.

    China's Sun Yang had earlier been beaten in the 200m freestyle [EPA]
    China's Sun Yang had earlier been beaten in the 200m freestyle [EPA]

    Sun Yang powered to gold in the men's 400m freestyle as a resurgent Chinese swim team cleaned up in the Asian Games pool on Tuesday, winning six of seven gold medals on offer.

    Medals table (Top-5)
         G   S   B   Total 
    1 China  40 22 20 82
    2 S Korea 19 19 21 59
    3 Japan 16 22 22 60
    4 Kazakhstan  4 4 10 18
    5 N Korea 3 4 7 14

    Japan, which led the swimming medal standings after two days, was virtually shut out as Sun helped give China a commanding 11-7 lead in the gold medal stakes in the ultra-competitive swimming events.

    Elsewhere at Incheon, Taiwanese weightlifter Lin Tze-chi set two world records in the women's 64kg class - 261kg in the combined weight and 145kg in the clean and jerk.

    South Korea overcame a powerful Chinese team to win the team men's badminton final, and in fencing beat China again in both the women's team saber and men's team epee gold medal bouts.

    Japan's Yuya Kamoto stormed to victory in the men's gymnastics all-around, followed by teammate Masayoshi Yamamoto and South Korea's Lee Sang-wook.

    In other events, Ye Shiwen won the women's 400 medley in 4:32.97, more than five seconds ahead of Japan's Sakiko Shimizu, with Vietnam's Nguyen Thi Anh Vien in third.

    China's women also took gold in the 50 backstroke, 100 butterfly and 4x200 freestyle relay. 

    China's Ning Zetao won the men's 50 freestyle in 21.95, ahead of Japan's Shinri Shioura and Kenta Ito.

    Towering Dmitry Balandin won Kazakhstan's first swimming gold at Incheon and the biggest win of his career, taking the men's 200 breaststroke in 2:07.67 from Kazuki Kohinata and Yasuhiro Koseki.



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