Hurdlers take dual golds, North Korea set another weightlifting record

At the Asian Games on Monday, two athletes were proclaimed winners in the hurdles event following a picture finish. At the same time, North Korea doubled its dominance in the weightlifting competition by smashing records.

However, a roller skater from South Korea was left in excruciating pain when an early celebration lost his team the gold in a relay competition.

Officials at the Hangzhou Olympic Stadium could not differentiate between Japan’s Shunya Takayama and Kuwait’s Yaqoub Alyouha when they crossed the finish line in 13.41 seconds. Thus, they handed gold medals to both athletes in the men’s 110-meter hurdles competition.

After encountering certain obstacles during the competition, Takayama expressed his gratitude for being awarded a share of the championship. In the same competition, he had earned a bronze medal at the prior Asian Games, held in Jakarta.

“To get two gold medals, with another athlete, makes me twice as happy,” he remarked. “To get two gold medals alone makes me half as happy.”

Alyouha acknowledged that she was anxious while waiting for confirmation of the results.

“In our line of work, something like this rarely happens,” he remarked. “Are you serious? My veins become ice-cold.

Kim Il Gyong of North Korea broke a world record in the snatch competition with 111 kilograms, and she went on to win the women’s 59-kilogram weight class, continuing North Korea’s streak of record-breaking feats in the weightlifting competition.

In Hangzhou, where the squad is competing in its first international tournament since before the COVID-19 outbreak, the 20-year-old weightlifter became the secretive East Asian nation’s third female weightlifter to enter the global record books.

On Saturday, Ri Song Gum and Kang Hyong Yong each won gold in their respective weight classes, 49 kilograms and 55 kilograms, and set new records.

The World Anti-Doping Agency has for years declared North Korea to be non-compliant. Earlier this year, North Korea participated in an Olympic weightlifting qualifying competition in Cuba, which generated an outcry among competing nations. These nations protested that their athletes were not subjected to the same testing as North Korea’s competitors.

The North Koreans ultimately decided not to compete in Cuba or participate in the Olympics in Paris.

“I would assume that they have done the right thing if they are able to compete (in Hangzhou), but there are a lot of lingering questions,” Sam Coffa, head of the Australian Weightlifting Federation, told Reuters.

Rim Un Sim won the gold medal for North Korea in the women’s 64kg competition with a total lift of 251 kilograms. This victory came five years after she won the gold medal for 69 kilograms in Jakarta.

Although it was not a world record, it was better by 17 kg than the second-place finisher from China, Pei Xinyi.

SHOTS FIRED IN SUPPORT OF SOUTH KOREA

Roller skater Jung Cheol-won was left with an egg on his face after he celebrated too early during the 3,000-meter relay event, ultimately losing South Korea the gold medal.

Near the end of the race, the 27-year-old slowed down and lifted his arms, which made it possible for Huang Yu-Lin of Taiwan to beat him to the finish line.

A mere 0.01 seconds separated Taiwan from first place.

“I really did make a significant blunder,” stated Jung. “My apologies are sincere.”

One of India’s heptathletes made a controversial post on social media claiming that she “lost” the bronze medal to an anonymous transgender competitor. This statement sent shockwaves across Indian sports.

Swapna Barman stated in a post that was subsequently removed on X, which was then known as Twitter, “I want my medal back as it is against the rules of our athletics,” about an incident that occurred during an athletic competition.

Barman was fourth in the heptathlon behind her fellow Indian Nandini Agasara. Agasara took offense to Barman’s post and told the Indian media that she would bring the matter up with the Indian Athletics Association.

“I am aware of who I am. She stated this in comments that were reported by India Today. “Ask her to show proof,” she said.

Following their victory against the reigning table tennis world champions from China in the quarterfinals of the women’s doubles competition, the Indian combination of Suthirta Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee saw their incredible run come to an end in the semifinals when they were defeated by Cha Su Yong and Pak Su Yong of North Korea in seven games.

In the end, however, Jeon Ji-hee and Shin Yu-bin of South Korea were victorious and took home the gold medal after defeating Cha and Pak in the final match.

After gaining first place in the individual competitions for men and women, Japan won the mixed team event, beating off China, who finished in second place. This victory gave Japan a clean sweep of the triathlon championships.

It should come as no surprise that Chinese divers competed against one another for the two championships that were up for grabs and the men’s table tennis singles gold medal.

Canoe sprint events were likewise dominated by the hosts, who took home four of the available six gold medals on the first day of competition.

But Sergey Yemelyanov, who competed for Kazakhstan, was overjoyed when he and teammate Timur Khaidarov won the men’s canoe double in the 500-meter race. By doing so, they carried on a powerful family legacy at the Games.

Yemelyanov’s brothers Mikhail and Timofey each won a gold medal in canoeing in the 2014 competition held in Incheon.

“My emotions, of course, are off the charts because I only won silver medals at the last two Asian Games,” he added. “My emotions, of course, are off the charts.”

“In the 1,000-meter race tomorrow, I will continue my competition with Timofey. I have faith that we will emerge victorious.”

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