Hangzhou, 9 Sep (ZXS) -- On the third day of the gold medal battle at the Hangzhou Asian Games on 25 September, the Chinese delegation had the strength to compete for gold and silver in table tennis, gymnastics, swimming, shooting, cycling and other venues. Among them, the national table tennis men's and women's teams will strive for eight consecutive championships and five consecutive championships respectively.
In 2018, the Chinese table tennis team won all the gold medals in the Asian Games table tennis event in Jakarta for the third time, including seven consecutive championships in the men's team and four consecutive championships in the women's team. In the table tennis team final of the Asian Games that began on the 26th, the Chinese men's and women's teams will face the South Korean team and the Japanese team respectively, which is expected to further expand the number of consecutive championships.
The gymnastics arena will produce a men's all-around champion. In the qualifying round, China's "post-00s" Zhang Boheng ranked first in the men's all-around and is expected to win the heaviest gold medal in the individual competition.
At the Tokyo Olympics, Zhang Boheng, who was selected as a substitute, did not make the competition, but he won the all-around title at the subsequent World Championships, becoming one of the most powerful men's gymnastics all-around athletes in this Olympic cycle. However, because Tokyo Olympic champion and Japan's Daiki Hashimoto went to the World Championships held at the same time, he was unable to compete with Zhang Boheng, which discounted what should have been a world-class competition.
The pool battle won another 6 golds, and the Chinese swimming team, which performed strongly in the previous two days, will continue to expand its results. In the women's 400m freestyle final, Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist and Asian record holder Li Bingjie is the biggest favourite. In the women's 200m backstroke, the double insurance of this year's Fukuoka World Championships bronze medallist Peng Xuwei and defending champion Liu Yaxin is expected to secure gold for China.
In the men's 400m individual medley, Wang Shun, who had just broken the Asian record the day before, won the 200m individual medley championship again. In the men's 4x100m medley relay, Fukuoka World Championship runner-up China is expected to defend their title.
In the women's 100m freestyle, defending champion Rikako Ikee of Japan will make her individual debut at the Asian Games. At the last Asian Games, Rikako Ikee became the most valuable athlete with 6 golds and 2 silvers, but she was plagued by injuries and her competitive condition and strength were greatly reduced. Tokyo Olympic silver medallist and Hong Kong's He Shibei is the favourites to win the event, while Chinese team runner-up Yang Junxuan and 18-year-old Cheng Yujie will join the gold medal race.
Two young Chinese shooters, Huang Yuting and Sheng Lihao, who are under 20 years old, are superstars in the first two days of the gold medal battle at the Asian Games. On the 24th, 17-year-old Huang Yuting won two gold medals in the women's 10m air rifle individual and team, becoming the first double champion of the Chinese delegation at the Asian Games; On the 25th, Sheng Lihao won the men's 10m air rifle final and broke the world record.
On the 26th, Sheng Lihao and Huang Yuting will jointly participate in the 10-meter air rifle mixed team competition, and it is worth looking forward to what kind of results the "Golden Boy and Jade Girl" will bring.
Track cycling will produce a men's and women's team sprint double. The women's team sprint is the dominant event for the Chinese cycling team and won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. This time, the Chinese women's track cycling team led by Olympic champion Bao Shanju aimed for a gold medal, and the men's team competed for a medal.
3 gold medals in taekwondo. In the women's sub-57kg category, China's Luo Zongshi is currently ranked first in the world and is expected to defend her title. In the men's under-63 kg and women's under-53 kg, the Chinese team competes for medals.
Judo competitions will result in five gold medals in the men's and women's major divisions. The women's major division used to be the traditional dominant event of the Chinese judo team, but it entered a low point after the Beijing Olympics. On the 5th, Ma Zhenzhao, the bronze medalist of the last Asian Games, and Xu Shiyan, the champion of this year's Grand Slam, will compete for gold medals in the women's under 26 kg and over 78 kg respectively.
The men's and women's rugby 7s finals will play the men's semi-finals, finals and women's finals. The Chinese men's team will face South Korea in the semifinals, while the Chinese women's team will compete with Japan for gold.
E-sports, which is popular among young people, produced its first gold on the 26th, and the Chinese team will compete with the Malaysian team for the champion of the Glory Asian Games version. E-sports became an official sport for the first time at the Asian Games, with seven gold medals this time, and the Chinese team has the strength to compete for the championship in multiple events.
After sweeping the Japanese team 3-0, the Chinese men's volleyball team advanced to the final and will compete with Iran for the first gold medal in the big ball event of this Asian Games on the 26th.
The 5-a-side basketball tournament began, and the Chinese men's basketball team faced the Mongolian national team for the first time. Before the Asian Games, Lebanon, the runner-up team of last year's Asian Cup in the same group as the Chinese men's basketball team, announced its withdrawal from the Asian Games and was replaced by Hong Kong, China.
On the 26th, gold medals in martial arts, fencing, equestrian and other sports will also be awarded. (End)