Japanese athletes have dominated the Asian Games in Thailand taking so far eleven of the 15 gold medals at stake.
Japanese athletes have dominated the Asian Games in Thailand taking so far eleven of the 15 gold medals at stake. However, some of the glamour has gone to other competitors.
A gold medal that went outside Japan was for the women's 100 metres event. The Taiwan sprinter and reigning world champion Chi Cheng scored an easy victory in the final, pushing Keiko Yamada (Japan) and Carolina Rieuwpassa (Indonesia) into second and third places.
In the Men's 110 metres hurdles Japanese scored an outstanding victory when Chikashi Watabe outdistanced the favourite, Roddy Lee (Taiwan), although it was a slow race. Lee gave a poor display in the event and showed little of the form that has put him in championship class. Thailand's Bancha Ramarat was placed third.
Another gold medal went to Japan in the final of the men's 100 metres after a photo-finish. All three front runners crossed the line in a time of 10.5 seconds, but first place was given to Masahide Jinno, with Anat Ratanapol of Thailand, second, and Canagasabai Kunalan, Singapore, third.