China continued to flex its considerable athletic muscle during Day 6 of the 2014 Asian Games. The nation wasted no time adding five gold medals to its already massive haul of honours at these games.
Usually thriving in the pool, China extended its expertise to the shooting range, as well as the gymnasium. Chinese athletes even managed to earn medals in the rowing events.
Away from the dominant nation, it was a very good day for Japan. It's swimmers excelled, while the men's foil team collected a deserved gold in the fencing event.
Here's a breakdown of all the day's winners:
|Day 6 Medal Winners|
|Aquatics - Men's 50-meter Butterfly||Yang Shi (China)||Joseph Schooling (Singapore)||Jungdoo Yang (Korea)|
|Aquatics - Men's 100-meter Freestyle||Zetao Ning (China)||Taehwan Park (Korea)||Shinri Shioura (Japan)|
|Aquatics - Men's 200-meter Backstroke||Ryosuke Irie (Japan)||Xu Jiayu (China)||Kosuke Hagino (Japan)|
|Aquatics - Women's 50-meter Breststroke||Satomi Suzuki (Japan)||Ran Suo (China)||Yuzhe He (China|
|Aquatics - Women's 800-meter Freestyle Fastest Heat||Bi Yirong (China)||Danlu Xu (China)||Chida Asami (Japan)|
|Aquatics - Women's 4x100-meter Medley Relay Final||Kanako Watanabe, Natsumi Hoshi, Miki Uchida (Japan)||Dalin Lee, Jiwon Yang, Sehyeon An, Miso Ko (Korea)||Hoi Shun Stephanie Au, Siobhan, Bernadette Haughey, Sze Hang Yu (Hong Kong)|
|Bowling - Men's Doubles||Japan||Japan||Indonesia|
|Cycling- Women's Sprint Finals||Lee Wai-sze (Hong Kong)|
|Cycling - Men's Keirin Finals||Mohammad Daneshvarkhourram (Iran)||Kazunari Watanabe (Japan)||NG Josiah Onn Lam (Malaysia)|
|Fencing - Women's Epee Team Gold Medal Match||China||Korea||Hong Kong/Japan|
|Fencing - Men's Foil Team Gold Medal Match||Japan||China||Hong Kong/Korea|
|Gymnastics - Men's Vault Final||Shek Wai Hung (Hong Kong)||Yang Hak-seon (South Korea)||Huang Xi (China)|
|Gymnastics - Women's Beam Final||Kim Un-hyang (Korea DPR)||Phan Thi Ha Than (Vietnam)||Shang Chunsong (China)|
|Gymnastics - Men's Parallel Bars Final||Yuya Kamoto (Japan)||Anton Fokin (Uzbekistan)||Dinh Phuong Tanh (Vietnam)|
|Gymnastics - Women's Floor Exercise Final||Jinnan Yao (China)||Chunsong Shang (China)||Narae Yun (Korea)|
|Gymnastics - Men's Horizontal Bar Final||Zou Kai (China)||Yusuke Saito (Japan)||Masayoshi Yamamoto (Japan)|
|Rowing - Men's Double Sculls Final A||Liang Zhang, Jun Dai (China)||Wang Ming Hui, Yu Tsung Wei (Chinese Tapei)||Seyedmojtaba Shojaei and Amir Rahnamalronaghi (Iran)|
|Rowing - Men's Single Sculls Final A||Mohsen Shadinaghadeh (Iran)||Dongyong Kim (Korea)||Sawarn Singh (India)|
|Rowing - Lightweight Men's Quadruple A||China||Hong Kong||Indonesia|
|Rowing - Men's Eight Final||China||Japan||India|
|Rowing - Women's Quadruple Sculls Final A||China||Korea||Vietnam|
|Rowing - Lightweight Women's Single Sculls Final A||Ji Yoojin (Korea)||Lee Ka Man (Hong Kong)||Soulmza Abbasi (Iran)|
|Shooting - 50-meter Rifle Prone Men's Team Final||Shengbo Zhao, Xing Lan, Gang Liu||Juncheol Kwong, Bonduk Park, Jaejin You (Korea||Ratmir Mindiyarov, Yuriy Yurkov, Igor Pirekeyev (Kazakhstan)|
|Shooting - 25-meter Standard Men's Pistol Team Final||China||Korea||Singapore|
|Shooting - Double Trap Men's Team Finals||Qatar||China||Kuwait|
|Shooting - 25-meter Standard Men's Pistol||Ding Feng (China)||Kim Junhong (Korea)||Ha Minh Thanh (Vietnam)|
|Shooting - 10-meter Running Target Men's Team Finals||China||DPR Korea||Kazakhstan|
|Shooting - 50-meter Rifle Prone Men's Finals||Zhao Shengbo (China)||Muhammad Ezuan Bin Nasir Khan (Malaysia)||Bongduk Park (Korea)|
|Shooting - 10-meter Running Target Men's||Zhai Yujia (China)||Yongchol Jo (DPR Korea)||Bakhtiyar Ibrayev (Kazakhstan)|
|Shooting- Double Trap Men's||Hu Binyuan (China)||Fehaid Aldeehani (Kuwait)||Juma Almaktoum (United Arab Emirates)|
|Shooting - Double Trap Women's Team Finals||China||Korea||India|
|Shooting - Double Trap Women's||Kim Mijing (Korea)||Zhang Yafei (China)||Bai Yiting (China)|
|Triathlon - Men's Final||Yuichi Hosada (Japan)||Hirokatsu Tayama (Japan)||Bai Faquan (China|
|Triathlon - Women's Final||Ai Ueda (Japan)||Juri Ide (Japan)||Wang Lianyuan (China)|
Here's how these results have left the medal table after the Games' sixth day:
|2014 Asian Games Day 6 Medal Table|
|6||Taiwan Province of China||5||3||6||14|
|22||Lao People's Democratic Republic||0||1||1||2|
|26||United Arab Emirates||0||0||1||1|
Here are some of the best headlines from Day 6:
Ryosuke Irie Sets New Asian Games Record
Japanese swimmer Ryosuke Irie thrived in the pool during the men's 200-meter backstroke final. Irie claimed the gold and achieved it in very impressive fashion.
He left his nearest competition trailing, and in the process, Irie established a new record in the event at these Games. Swim Swam News detailed the new speed and standard set by Irie:
The win earned Irie his fifth gold medal in this event. His latest medal also made Irie the top medal-winner at this year's games. He's now claimed six, while China swimmer Shen Duo has claimed four gold medals already:
For Japan, Irie's win was part of an excellent day that saw the nation add a host of medals to its existing haul. This effort took the nation past Korea near the top of the table.
Of course, both nations are still significantly behind Chinese athletes who were once again in dominant form.
More Frustration for India
While China continues to claim the games' biggest prizes, Indian athletes are consistently falling short. The nation has claimed a solitary gold in Incheon.
A growing number of bronze medals, 13 to be exact, are providing little consolation. NDTV editor Vikram Chandra is anxiously awaiting the moment his nation can claim gold again:
However, fans should take pride in Swaran Singh Virk's showing in the Men's lightweight single sculls. Swaran pushed himself to the brink to claim third spot. His rowing merited praise on what was one of India's strongest days in the event, per a report from India.com:
India picked up two bronze medals from the Asian Games rowing arena here on Thursday as army man Swaran Singh Virk rowed his way through exhaustion to the third spot in single sculls before the men's squad added the eights title. ...
Sikh Regiment's Naik Subedar Swaran Singh must be complimented for putting up a brave effort. The timing he clocked here to win the bronze covering the 2000m distance (7 minutes, 10.65 seconds), was better than his performance at the London Olympic Games two years ago timing wise (7:29.66).
Rowing is usually a solid event for India at these games. That's why despite Virk's best efforts, the nation probably would have hoped for greater success. With only nine days of games action left, India doesn't have much time left to reverse its fortunes and improve its standing on the medal table.
Lee Wai-sze Adds a Second Cycling Medal
Having already won a bronze earlier at the Games, Hong Kong cyclist Lee Wai-Sze rode to gold in the Women's individual sprint. She saw off tough competition from China's Zhong Tianshi.
The two combined for what proved to be a thrilling finish, per Laura Mannering of AFP (h/t Yahoo News):
Zhong just edged the first race and looked to have won the second but was then relegated for entering the sprinter's lane when Lee was already there.
The third race saw 23-year-old Zhong pull ahead with half-a-lap to go but this time Lee, 27, managed to stay with her and push through to take her second gold of the competition.
Lee had already beaten Zhong into bronze in the keirin earlier in the competition.
Zong's relegation was an obvious point of contention. However, Wai-sze's double haul is a rare moment of success for Hong Kong in Incheon.
Like India, the nation has loaded up on bronze medals but has so far only claimed a trio of golds. Wai-sze is the main reason why.
China Success in Shooting
Throughout the games, the Chinese have been dominant at the pool, but today they were most impressive on the range. In all, China's marks men and women shot their way to eight gold medals during a busy day for this event.
The best performances were those that claimed gold in both the men's 10-meter Running Target final, as well as the men's Double Trap event.
The latter was won by Hu Binyuan, who shot an excellent 26, per InsideTheGames.biz. China's women also impressively won the Double Trap team event.
Earlier, the shooting events provided gold-medal victory for Qatar. It came in the men's Double Trap team event.
For Qatar, the win occurred on the same day the nation's women's basketball team left the games in protest of FIBA regulations, per a report from Reuters (h/t The Guardian).
China's dual win meant the nation has ended Day 6 with an almost unassailable lead at the top of the medals table. The Chinese have now won a staggering 155 medals, including 79 golds.
Nearest rivals the Japanese were also big winners on the day. They added enough medals to overtake Korea and move into second.
However, neither nation is likely to come close to matching what China has already managed at these games.