North Korean weightlifter sets new world record:
Asian Games T20 cricket begins
INCHEON, Sep. 20 - Unseeded China and Thailand won their respective
qualifying round matches of the Asian Games women’s T20 cricket
tournament which began at the Yeonhui cricket grounds here today. But
the most notable moment of the day came in weightlifting - when North
Korean Om Yun-chol won his country’s first gold medal with a new world
North Korean weightlifter Om Yun-chol who claimed his
country's first gold medal
China beat hosts South Korea by eight wickets in the curtain raiser
match. Batting first, the hosts were bowled out for 49 runs in 13.2
overs. China in reply made 50 for 2 in 15 overs to win their group ‘C’
In the second match of the day played this afternoon, Thailand beat
Malaysia by nine wickets. Taking the first lease of the wicket, Malaysia
could only muster 49 for 8 in 20 overs. Thailand made it easy when they
scored 50 for one in 11.4 overs with opener Nattaya Boochatham making
In the two qualifying round games scheduled for Sunday in the women’s
T20 cricket tournament, China will meet Hong Kong in the morning session
while Thailand takes on Nepal in the other match to be played in the
Defending champions Pakistan, along with Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and
Japan – the top four teams at the last 2010 Guangzhou Games tournament,
have been drawn a bye to play from the quarter final stage. The other
four quarter finalists would be known after the ongoing qualifying round
Despite fielding its women’s team as defending champions, Pakistan
will not send its men’s team for the T20 tournament which starts later
this week with ten teams clashing for honours. In fact, Sri Lanka and
the defending champions Bangladesh are the only two Test nations to
field teams for the Asian Games men’s T20 tournament.
India, which also skipped the inaugural competition four years ago in
China, chose to stay away once again as the Indian Cricket Board has
shown reluctance to field teams for multi-discipline Games. Pakistan
will not field its men’s team which is preparing for the series against
Australia starting in the United Arab Emirates next month.
Bangladesh, which won their first ever Asian Games gold medal though
men’s T20 cricket in Guangzhou 2010, will be at full-strength.
Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, whose wedding overlaps with the
Games, is the only experienced player missing from the lineup to Incheon.
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who served out a disciplinary ban and
medium paceman Rubel Hossain returns to the side at the expense of Sohag
Gazi and Al-Amin Hossain, who were reported for suspect bowling actions
Sri Lanka Twenty20 skipper Lahiru Thirimanne
Sri Lanka team will be led by Lahiru Thirimanne, who played in the
national team that won the World Twenty20 title in Bangladesh in April.
Hong Kong will consider themselves medal aspirants following their
shock win over hosts Bangladesh at the World Twenty20 and prepared
themselves by touring Sri Lanka. Hosts South Korea make their cricket
debut after hiring Bangladesh's former English coach Julien Fountain to
teach their baseball players with the willow.
Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Hong Kong have been given a
bye into the quarter-finals. They will be joined by four minnows picked
after the league phase which begins on September 27.
Sri Lanka is down to play in two men’s beach volleyball matches on
Sunday (21) at Songdo Global University Beach Volleyball Venue. Sri
Lanka’s M.L.P. Asanka and Pubudu Kumara Ekanayake will take on
Indonesia’s Dian Putra Santosa and F. Fahriansyah in their pool
Sri Lankan duo of Jude Mahesh Perera and Wasantha Ratnapala will take
on Cambodia’s Khlork Sim and Samart Lim in their pool ‘B’ preliminary
round match schedule for the afternoon session.
Om Yun-chol’s world record feat
North Korean weightlifter Om Yun-chol claimed his country's first
gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games here on Saturday in a record-breaking
fashion. Om broke his own world record with a lift of 170? in the clean
and jerk. He also hoisted 128? in the snatch earlier for an Asian Games
record total of 298? at the Moonlight Festival Garden Weightlifting
Venue in the western port city.
Twenty two-year-old Om had lifted 169? during the Asian Senior
Interclub Weightlifting Championship held in Pyongyang last year. This
is the first career Asiad gold for Om, but the results were very much
anticipated by many for the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and the 2013
Thach Kim Tuan from Vietnam came up short after lifting 294? in total
and won the silver, but was able to set a record for the Asian Games by
snatching 134?, which is also the highest score among all Asian athletes
within his division. China's Wu Jingbiao ended in third place by lifting
a total of 288?.
A crowd of South Korean fans sat in the bleachers and cheered for the
North Korean athlete, holding together a sign that read “Om Yun-chol is
the best” in Korean, while shouting out his name and the phrase “We are
one,” to their northern neighbor.
More than 10 officials from the North Korean delegation were also
seen in the stands wearing matching sweatsuits of red and white, waving
the communist country's national flag to cheer for their team member.
South Korea, China five golds each
Asian sports giants China and South Korea bagged five gold medals
each on the opening day’s competition of the 45-nation Games begun here
last night with a spectacular opening ceremony.
But the hosts fared slightly better to finish on top of the medals
standings after the first day’s event, winning five silver medals to
China’s one silver. Mongolia and Kazakhstan won two golds each while
Japan won a solitary gold on day one. India, North Korea and Malaysia
also won a gold medal each.
After China’s dominance in the shooting range this morning, South
Korea increased its gold haul with two gold medals in fencing. The hosts
snapped up two fencing gold medals, getting off to a quick start in a
sport it's expected to dominate in the coming days at the continental
There were two all-Korean finals on the day at Goyang Gymnasium in
Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, north of the host city. First, Lee Ra-jin
stunned Kim Ji-yeon, the 2012 Olympic champ, in the women's sabre final
by the score of 15-11. Jung Jin-sun followed suit, beating Park
Kyoung-doo in the men's epee final, 15-9.
In the women's event, Lee jumped out to a 5-1 lead over the flustered
Kim, who'd also won this year's Asian championships gold medal two
months ago. Kim made a comeback and caught up to 13-10. Kim, who had a
more taxing path to the final, ran out of gas toward the end, as Lee
picked up her first career Asiad gold.
It was the first all-Korean showdown for an Asiad gold in the women's
sabre since 2002.
First cycling gold
South Korea struck its first cycling gold in the men's team sprint,
completing its two-medal day on the track. The trio of Kang Dong-jin,
Yim Chae-bin and Son Je-yong clocked in at 59.616 seconds after racing
three laps of the 333.3m velodrome at the Incheon International
Velodrome in the northern part of this port city, edging China's Xu Chao,
Hu Ke, and Bao Saifei, who finished in 59.960 seconds.
It is the first time for South Korea to clinch the gold medal in the
men's cycling team sprint at an Asiad. Previously, the silver at the
2002 Busan Asian Games had been the country's best performance in the
discipline. The team defeated its Chinese rival by a margin of only
0.344 seconds. China was defending its Asian Games title after winning
in Guangzhou in 2010 with different riders.