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Sep 24, 2014

Hagino and Shen each collect fourth golds at Asiad

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – Kosuke Hagino cemented his status as Asia’s best all-round swimmer when he captured his fourth gold medal in breathtaking style at the Asian Games on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old from Japan blew away his rivals on the final lap to win the men’s 400 metres individual medley final — the most gruelling event in the pool — and show why he is one of the early favourites to win gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Sep 24, 2014

Games-Swimming-Hagino and Shen each collect fourth golds at Asiad

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Kosuke Hagino cemented his status as Asia’s best all-round swimmer when he captured his fourth gold medal in breathtaking style at the Asian Games on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old from Japan blew away his rivals on the final lap to win the men’s 400 metres individual medley final — the most gruelling event in the pool — and show why he is one of the early favourites to win gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Sep 23, 2014

Ye Shiwen returns to top of podium after London letdown

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – Ye Shiwen, the Chinese sensation whose mind-boggling performances at the 2012 London Olympics set tongues wagging and fingers pointing, made an overdue return to the top of the podium on Tuesday.

After two years where she struggled to cope with the expectations on her from China as well as the thinly-veiled accusations against her, the 18-year-old turned back the clock to win the women’s 400 metres individual medley gold medal at the Asian Games.

Sep 23, 2014

China flex muscles at Asian Games

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – China’s swimmers provided another imposing demonstration of their seemingly bottomless depth of talent by scooping up six gold medals in the pool at the Asian Games on Tuesday.

Led by London Olympic champions Sun Yang and Ye Shiwen, the Chinese transformed the Munhak Aquatics Centre into their own private pool party, winning all but one of the seven titles decided on the third night of swimming finals.

Sep 23, 2014

Australia ‘interested’ in joining Asian Games

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – Australia has welcomed the idea of possibly competing at the Asian Games after Asian Olympic officials agreed to let Oceania nations join them in smaller multi-sports events.

While there are no firm plans as yet to allow Oceania countries to compete at the main Asian Games, which are second in size only to the Olympics, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has now opened the door.

Sep 23, 2014

Games–Australia ‘interested’ in joining Asian Games

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Australia has welcomed the idea of possibly competing at the Asian Games after Asian Olympic officials agreed to let Oceania nations join them in smaller multi-sports events.

While there are no firm plans as yet to allow Oceania countries to compete at the main Asian Games, which are second in size only to the Olympics, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has now opened the door.

Sep 22, 2014

Shen offers new hope for Chinese female sprinters

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – The last time China won the Olympic gold medal in the women’s 100 metres freestyle was at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

The Chinese were dominating women’s swimming and the sceptics were pointing the finger. With good reason, as it turned out.

Sep 22, 2014

Games-Swimming-Chen offers new hope for Chinese female sprinters

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The last time China won the Olympic gold medal in the women’s 100 metres freestyle was at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

The Chinese were dominating women’s swimming and the skeptics were pointing the finger. With good reason, as it turned out.

Sep 22, 2014

Hagino wins two more gold, up to three at Asiad

INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) – Kosuke Hagino won two gold medals in less than an hour on Monday as Japan continued to dominate the swimming events at the Asian Games.

For the second day in a row, Japan swept the three men’s events while Kanako Watanabe broke China’s stranglehold in the women’s races by taking out the 200 metres breaststroke.

Sep 22, 2014

Games-Swimming-Hagino wins two more gold, up to three at Asiad

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Kosuke Hagino won two gold medals in less than an hour on Monday as Japan continued to dominate the swimming events at the Asian Games.

For the second day in a row, Japan swept the three men’s events while Kanako Watanabe broke China’s stranglehold in the women’s races by taking out the 200 metres breaststroke.

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