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Japanese sets world mark as China continue to rule

Busan: Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima broke the world record in the menís 200-metre breaststroke, taking one of the few gold medals not won by China at the Asian Games today.

In rowing, where no challenger came closer than four seconds, China swept all six of the dayís races. Then its shooters took seven of eight possible golds and set world records in menís and womenís team 10-metre air rifle competition.

Those 13 early golds plus Zhou Yanís triumph in womenís 58-kilogram division weightlifting gave China a total of 36 for the four-day-old Games, well ahead of Japanís 13 and South Koreaís 10.

Even before they had a chance to compete, three Malaysian sepak takraw players were ordered home for testing positive for morphine, the nationís delegation chief, Khalid Yunus, said.

The action was based on tests administered earlier in Kuala Lumpur. There have been no positive doping tests reported so far at the Games.

Kitajima, back from an elbow injury that kept him out of the 200 in last monthís Pan Pacific championships, set a fast early pace and finished in 2 minutes, 09.97 seconds.

That beat the oldest record in menís swimming, the 2:10.16 set by American Mike Barrowman at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. It put Kitajima 3.63 seconds ahead of teammate Daisuke Kimura, the silver medallist.

Kitajima, bronze medallist at 200 metres in last yearís world championships, won the 100-m breaststroke here Monday.

ďIíve been working towards this for a long time and I donít feel as though Iíve even reached my limit,Ē Kitajima said. ďI think I can swim even faster.Ē

Japan gained another gold from its world champion synchronised swimming pair, Miya Tachibana and Miho Takeda. Tachibana had won the solo gold Tuesday.

South Korea won three of the dayís four judo golds, ending Japanís run of four consecutive menís victories. Another gold came from Kim Yong-Miís photo finish victory over Indonesiaís Uyun Muzizah in the womenís 96.8-km cycling road race.

North Korea had three golds. It won the only shooting event not won by China ó in womenís team trap shooting ó and took a judo gold too.

In rowing, Japanís Hitoshi Hase fared best against the Chinese, finishing four seconds behind Zhu Zhifu in the menís lightweight single sculls. Zhu led by only half a second at the halfway point but pulled away over the last 500 m of the 2,000-m race.

It was the 51st victory in 53 Asian Games rowing races for China, who won all 11 rowing golds in the 1998 Games.

Cui Yonghui won the menís singles sculls and Chinaís men also won the fours with coxswain both decided by 12 seconds.

In womenís races, Chinaís Fu Fengjun won by 18 seconds in the lightweight single sculls, the fours without coxswain won by 21 seconds and Zhang Xiuyun had a 23-second margin in the single sculls.

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