China continued to stamp home its superiority at the 2014 Asian Games on Day 13, taking its tally for gold medals at the competition up to 142 with top performances across a number of sports, including diving, athletics and gymnastics.
It was also a good day for Bahrain on the track, with the Middle Eastern country's distance runners coming into their own in the 5,000-metre, 10,000-metre and marathon events.
Elsewhere, hosts South Korea extended their lead over Japan in the medals table to put themselves in pole position to claim second place at a Games that has proved extremely successful for the East Asian nation.
With just two more days of action to go and 41 gold medals handed out, Day 13 was a day to savour at what has been a terrific Asiad thus far.
|2014 Asian Games Medal Table|
|United Arab Emirates||1||0||1||2|
Day 13 Medal Winners
|Day 13 Medal Winners|
|Aquatics - Diving|
|Men's 3m Springboard||CAO Yuan (CHN)||HE Chao (CHN)||SAKAI Sho (JPN)|
|Women's 10m Platform||SI Yajie (CHN)||HUANG Xiaohui (CHN)||KIM Unhwang (PRK)|
|Women's Marathon||KIRWA Eunice Jepkirui (BRN)||KIZAKI Ryoko (JPN)||GEMGCHU Lishan Dula (BRN)|
|Women's High Jump||RADZIVIL Svetlana (UZB)||ZHENG Xingjuan (CHN)||DUSANOVA Nadiya (UZB)|
|Men's Triple Jump||CAO Shuo (CHN)||DONG Bin (CHN)||KIM Deokhyeon (KOR)|
|Men's Javelin||ZHAO Qinggang (CHN)||ARAI Ryohei (JPN)||ZAYTSEV Ivan (UZB)|
|Women's 5000m||JAMAL Maryam Yusuf Isa (BRN)||GEBREGEIORGES Mimi Belete (CHN)||DING Changqin (CHN)|
|Women's 4 x 100m Relay||China||Kazakhstan||Japan|
|Men's 4 x 100m Relay||China||Japan||Hong Kong|
|Men's 4 x 400m Relay||Japan||South Korea||Saudi Arabia|
|Men's Shot Put||ALHEBSHI Sultan Abdulmajeed E (KSA)||CHANG Ming Huang (TPE)||SINGH Inderjeet (IND)|
|Women's 4 x 400m Relay||India||Japan||China|
|Men's 10,000m||ELABBASSI Elhassan (BRN)||OSAKO Suguru (JPN)||KORIR Isaac (BRN)|
|Baseball - Softball||Japan||Chinese Taipei||China|
|Women's Basketball||South Korea||China||Japan|
|Men's Masters||PARK Jongwoo (KOR)||WU Siu Hong (TPE)||AL-HASSAN Shaker (UAE)|
|Women's Masters||LEE Nayoung (KOR)||WANG Ya Ting (TPE)||Son Yunhee (KOR)|
|Canoe - Obstacle Slalom|
|Canoe Single Women||CEN Nanqin (CHN)||CHEN Wei Han (TPE)||GOMARI Sonia (IRN)|
|Canoe Single Men||HANEDA Takuya (JPN)||CHANG Yun Chuan (TPE)||WANG Xiaodong (CHN)|
|Kayak Single Women||LI Tong (CHN)||CHANG Chu Han (TPE)||YAZAWA Aki (JPN)|
|Kayak Single Men||ADACHI Kazuya (JPN)||PAN Hung Ming (TPE)||YUAN Tao (CHN)|
|Men's Football||South Korea||North Korea||Iraq|
|Gymnastics - Rhythmic|
|Individual All-Around||SON Yeonjae (KOR)||DENG Senyue (CHN)||SERDYUKOVA Anastasiya (UZB)|
|Men's Handball||Qatar||South Korea||Bahrain|
|Men's Hockey||India||Pakistan||South Korea|
|Men's Kata||LIM Chee Wei (MAL)||LOLOBUA Fidelys (INA)||SHIMBABA Issei (JPN)/ALMAAZMI Marwan Abdullah Murad Ahm (UAE)|
|Men's -67kg||SHINOHARA Hiroto (JPN)||SAGANDYKOV Rinat (UZB)||KIM Dowon (KOR)/ALI H A Abdulaziz (KUW)|
|Men's -75kg||HASSANIPOUR SEFATAZGOMI Saeid (IRI)||LEE Ka Wai (HKG)||MUNTAEN Songvut (THA)/ZOKHIDOV Gofurjon (UZB)|
|Women's Kata||SHIMIZU Kiyou (JPN)||NGUYEN HOANG Ngan (VIE)||CHEUNG Pui Si (TPE)/TAMANG Bimala (NEP)|
|Women's +68kg||ABBASALI Hamideh (IRI)||ZENG Cuilan (CHN)||UEKUSA Ayumi (JPN)/PEREIRA CARION Paula Cristina (MAC)|
|Women's Individual||CHEN Qian (CHN)||YANG Soojin (KOR)||CHOI Minji (KOR)|
|Women's Team||South Korea||Japan||China|
|Men's Rugby||Japan||Hong Kong||South Korea|
|Women -62 kg||LEE Dabin (KOR)||ZHANG Hua (CHN)||CHUANG Chia Chia (TPE)/PHAM Thi Thu Hien(VIE)|
|Women -67 kg||GUO Yunfei (CHN)||LEE Wonjin (KOR)||HA Thi Nguyen (VIE)/LIU Qing (MAC)|
|Men -63 kg||LEE Daehoon (KOR)||KITWIJARN Akkarin (THA)||ABASI Ahmad Roman (AFG)/CHEN Yen Ming (TPE)|
|Men -68 kg||ASBAGHIKHANGHAH Behnam (IRI)||HUANG Jiannan (CHN)||SARYMSAKOV Kairat (KAZ)/SEMBRANO Benjamin Keith (PHI)|
|Tennis - Soft Tennis|
|Women's Doubles||JOO Og/KIM Aekyung (KOR)||KIM Jiyeon/YOON Soojung (KOR)||MORITA Nao/YAMASHITA Hikaru (JAP) & CHEN Yi Chia/CHENG Chu Ling (TPE)|
|Men's Doubles||KIM Beomjun/KIM Donghoon (KOR)||LI Chia Hung/LIN Ting Chun (TPE)||HO Meng Hsun/LAI Li Huang (TPE) & LEE Sanggwon/PARK Kyucheol (KOR)|
|Women's Volleyball||South Korea||China||Thailand|
Chinese Star Smashes Javelin Record
Chinese field athlete Zhao Qinggang was the standout performer in the Athletics stadium on Thursday, breaking a 25-year-old Asian record with his 89.15-metre throw in the final round of the competition.
The IAAF report of the 29-year-old's achievement:
Zhao wasn’t finished. He saved his best throw for the last round, once again smashing his lifetime best with 89.15m. Having already broken the Games record and Chinese record in the previous rounds, this time he took down the Asian record that had stood for more than 25 years.
What is so remarkable about Zhao's achievement is that he bettered his own personal best by an enormous six metres, taking him well into the range of the world's very best javelin throwers.
For the man from Northeast China, his success will be a major confidence boost ahead of the upcoming World Championships, which Beijing will host next summer, and the Rio de Janeiro Olympics the following year.
Japan’s Ryohei Arai (84.42 metres) and Uzbekistan’s Ivan Zaytsev (83.68 metres) also claimed medals in the discipline, with all three athletes throwing beyond the previous Games record in what was a terrific exhibition of javelin throwing.
4x100-Metre Records Also Obliterated by Chinese Quartets
It was truly a golden day for Chinese sport on the track, with the country's 4x100-metre teams setting new records in both the men's and women's races.
The IAAF report of the men's team triumph:
The men’s team featured 100m silver medallist Su Bingtian and national record-holder Zhang Peimeng on the last two legs. With near-perfect exchanges, they brought the baton home in 37.99, not only smashing the Games record by 0.79 and the Chinese record by 0.39, but they also improved on the Asian record set by Japan in 2007.
China's women could not quite match that achievement, failing to set a new Asian record. However, the quartet of Tao Yujia, Kong Lingwei, Lin Huijun and Wei Yongli did take half a second off the previous Asian Games record to record a time of 42.83 for their lap of the track.
With medals also coming in the triple jump, where Cao Shuo claimed gold ahead of teammate Dong Bin, it was a day that China's athletics chiefs could only have dreamed of. Indeed, had Cao flown through the air just a centimetre farther, it may well have been that they'd also have had another Games record to celebrate.
India End Wait with Hockey Gold Against Pakistan
It took 16 years, but India's men ended their long wait for a gold medal in hockey on Thursday, overcoming neighbours Pakistan on a shootout after the game ended 1-1 in normal time.
India had goalkeeper Sreejesh to thank for their win, with the gloveman making two fine saves to see his side to a 4-2 success in the shootout.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was quick to congratulate the side post-match:
Having lost 2-1 to their fierce rivals in the group stage just last week, India would have been forgiven for not rating their chances of success this time around, especially when they fell behind after just three minutes on a goal from Muhammad Rizwan.
However, in the second quarter of a far-from-vintage encounter, India pulled level when Kothajit Singh's deflected cross fooled the Pakistan 'keeper and found the back of the net.
India will care little for the quality of the encounter having secured gold in a sport that they have long been considered a power in, albeit without recent success in this competition.
They would, of course, have preferred to complete victory inside the regulation hour, but poor finishing in a scrappy encounter meant that a shootout was the only way a victor was to be decided.