East Asian Games 2013: Schedule, Event Dates and Top Participants

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East Asian Games 2013: Schedule, Event Dates and Top Participants
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tianjin, China is set to host the 2013 East Asian Games this year, a gathering that will showcase some of the continent's best athletes in a wide variety of sports and events. 

Hong Kong was the host city in 2009, and over 2,000 athletes from nine countries and regions took part in 262 total events across 22 sports. Tianjin is expected to eclipse those numbers in 2013, leading to the idea that this could be the biggest and best East Asian Games to date. 

Various venues have been prepped, the schedule has been released and all that separates us from Sunday's opening ceremony is a few more hours of waiting. 

We'll prepare you for all the upcoming action below. 

Event Information

What: Sixth East Asian Games

When: Oct. 6 (Opening Ceremony)-Oct. 15 (Closing Ceremony)

Where: Tianjin, China

Main Venue: Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium

Sports Included: 24 (16 Olympic sports)

Total Events: 289

*via OCASIA.org

Entrant List

Country Best Finish
China Gold (five times)
Japan Silver (five times)
South Korea Bronze (five times)
North Korea Fourth (1993)
Hong Kong Fourth (2009)
Chinese Taipei Fourth (2005)
Macau Fifth (2005)
Mongolia Sixth (1997)
Guam Eighth (1997)

China has dominated at the East Asian Games over the years, winning the the first five collective gold medals.

Oddly enough, Japan and South Korea have finished second and third, respectively, behind China in all five previous gatherings. North Korea, Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei have all knocked at the medal podium door, but have never broken the threshold. 

Macau, Mongolia and Guam have lingered at the bottom of the final standings in past years. 

*Independent Olympic athletes will also compete in various events. Information above via the 2013 East Asian Games' official website

Complete Schedule Breakdown

2013 East Asian Games Schedule Breakdown
Sport Designation Date(s)
Opening Ceremony Oct. 6
Aquatics Swimming Oct. 10-14
Diving Oct. 7-9
Athletics (Track and Field) Oct. 7-9
Badminton Oct. 8-13
Baseball Oct. 6-14
Basketball Men Oct. 9-14
Women Oct. 9-11, 13-14
Bowling Oct. 7-15
Cycling Track Oct. 14-15
Road Oct. 13
Dance Sport Oct. 7-8
Dragon Boat Oct. 13, 15
Fencing Oct. 7-12
Football Men Oct. 6, 8, 10, 12, 14
Women Oct. 7, 9, 11
Gymnastics Oct. 11-14
Hockey Men Oct. 7, 9, 11, 13
Women Oct. 6, 8, 10, 12
Judo Oct. 14-15
Karate Oct. 13-14
Shooting Oct. 7-10
Soft Tennis Oct. 10-14
Squash Oct. 6-10
Table Tennis Oct. 7-12
Taekwondo Oct. 7-9
Tennis Oct. 6-14
Volleyball Men Oct. 6-13
Women Oct. 6-13
Weightlifting Oct. 7-8
Wushu Taolu Oct. 7-9
Sanshou Oct. 7-9
Closing Ceremony Oct. 15

All dates based on Tianjin local time.

*via UltraViewDirectory.com

Top Performers to Watch

Ye Shiwen, China, Swimming

The 17-year-old swimming star headlines the group of athletes the host country has selected for the 2013 East Asian Games, and looking at the various names on that list, that's saying something

As noted by USA Swimming Stats, Ye is hardly all hype:

Ye set the Olympic record in the 200-meter individual medley at the 2012 Olympic Games, and followed that up by setting a world record at 400 meters in the same event. Needless to say, she won gold both times. 

After a disappointing finish at the 2013 World Championships, Ye rebounded and was back on the podium in both categories at the Chinese National Games in September. 

She'll be expected to repeat her Olympic and latest performances in Tianjin this year. 

Chang Ming-Huang, Chinese Taipei, Athletics

A veteran at age 31, Chang has come on strong over the last five years as a real contender in the shot put division. He currently holds the national record in Taiwan with a distance of 20.58 meters. 

Since finishing 40th at the 2008 Olympics, his resume includes top-three finishes in the event at Asian Indoor Games, Asian Games and East Asian Games. He finished first at the 2011 Asian Championships. 

Fresh off a second-place finish at the 2013 Asian Championships, Chang will be motivated and eager to avenge his runner-up finish to Zhang Jun at the 2009 East Asian Games if he makes the trip to Tianjin for Chinese Taipei. 

Annie Au, Hong Kong, Squash

Feng Li/Getty Images

Au won the Asian Individual Championships in May, but she has her sights set on bringing home some crucial points for Hong Kong in its quest to finish on the podium for the first time at the East Asian Games. 

"Winning the Asians was really a delightful moment for me,” said Annie, as reported by Kng Zheng Guan and R. Patrick of the Star. “I’d say that’s one of my best achievements ... a personal record, in fact.

"But my real target is the East Asia Games as the Hong Kong government has given us a target – to bring home the gold medal."

It will take some serious motivation for Au to win matches in Tianjin, but it appears her government has made that necessary boost readily accessible in preparation for her event. 

The left-handed squash star has been playing well of late, and will look to continue to do so on the grandest of stages. 

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