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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.

Sep 21, 2014

Games-Swimming-Hometown hero Park unable to meet expectations

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Few athletes at the Asian Games are under more pressure to win than Park Tae-hwan.

As South Korea’s most celebrated and successful swimmer, the expectations on him to capture gold at home are overbearing. The local organisers even named the Aquatics Centre, where the swimming events are taking place, after him.

Sep 21, 2014

Games-Swimming-Hagino upstages Sun and Park at Asian Games

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 21 (Reuters) – One devastating late sprint was all it took for Kosuke Hagino to alter the established order of Asian swimming on Sunday.

The 20-year-old Japanese student steamed past his two big rivals — China’s Sun Yang and Park Tae-hwan of South Korea — to win the 200 metres freestyle gold medal at the Asian Games.

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