China's golden start to the Asian Games

China start campaign with three of the four gold medals in the shooting events on the opening day of the Asian Games.

    China started off with a gold in the women's 10m pistol team event [AFP]
    China started off with a gold in the women's 10m pistol team event [AFP]

    China grabbed three of the four gold medals at stake on the opening day of the shooting competition at the Asian Games, including a surprise win in the women's 10m team air pistol event over the favoured South Koreans.

    Indian marksman Jitu Rai won the other gold on the opening day - the first for his country at the games.

    China's win in the 10m air pistol event was the first gold won overall at the games. The team of Zhang Mengyuan, Guo Wenjun and Zhou Qingyuan scored an aggregate of 1,146 points to win the competition easily.

    Taiwan took the silver with 1,141 points and Mongolia the bronze with 1,140.

    Zhang also picked up a gold medal in the women's individual 10m air pistol event with 202.2 points. South Korea's Jung was second with 201.3 points and India's Shweta Chaudhry took the bronze with 176.4.

    The Chinese men's team also took the gold in the 50-meter pistol event with ease, scoring 1,692 points - a 20-point margin over second-place South Korea.

    But Rai spoiled China's chances at a sweep of the golds in the men's individual 50m pistol.

    Rai held off Hoang Phuong Nguyen of Vietnam in a thrilling final. He trailed by just 0.7 points before taking the lead on the penultimate shot and finished with a score of 186.2 to Nguyen's 183.4.

    SOURCE: AP


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