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China maintain lead

Busan: Japan dominated the swimming, South Korea moved towards the football quarter-finals and China’s women added to the country’s gold medal haul in cycling, weightlifting, judo and fencing at the Asian Games on Monday.

Japan’s Kosuke Kitajima stormed to gold in the men’s 100 metres breaststroke.

Takahiro Mori, Yuko Nakanishi and the men’s 4x200 metres freestyle team were also victorious at Busan’s Sajik Pool as Japan won four out of five finals to take a 4-1 first-day lead over fierce rivals China in the swimming gold medal standings.

China’s Yang Yu won the women’s 200 freestyle in another Games record and a personal best of 1:58.43.

Japan came back when Yuko Nakanishi won the women’s 200 butterfly final in 2:08.99.

Japan also won gold in the men’s 4x200 freestyle relay in 7:20.59, the fourth Games record of the day.

Korea march on

South Korea marched towards the football quarter finals with a 5-2 thrashing of Oman.

China are also in the running after coasting to a 3-0 win over Bangladesh. They next face India, who beat Turkmenistan 3-1, to decide top spot.

Thailand and the United Arab Emirates will contest qualification from their group after the former beat Vietnam 3-0 and the latter secured a 2-1 win over Yemen.

More gold medals were handed out in cycling with Kazakhstan’s Andrei Teteriouk winning the men’s 48.4 km individual time trial with a time of 1:02:11. In the women’s 24.2 km individual time trial, the gold went to China’s Li Meifang.

In fencing, South Korea’s Lee Shin-mi won the gold in women’s individual sabre, outclassing teammate Lee Gyu-young. In the individual foil, China’s Zhang Lei took the gold, beating second place Lim Mi-kyung of South Korea.

South Korea’s Jo Su-hee topped Mizuho Matsuzaki to win the women’s under-78 kg judo gold. China’s Pan Yuqing and Nasiba Salayeva of Turkmenistan got bronze medals.

In the men’s under-100 kg, Japan’s Keiji Suzuki beat world Jang Sung-Hoo of South Korea 2-1. The bronze medals went to Kazakhstan’s Askhat Zhitkeyev and Abbas Fallah of Iran.

In the women’s 48-kg weightlifting, China’s Li Zhuo won gold with a total of 200 kg, with Kay Thi Win of Myanmar taking the silver and Raema Lisa Rumbewas of Indonesia taking the bronze.

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