Athletics

China dominate day 11 of the Asian Games

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China dominated day four of the athletics programme at the Asian Games, winning three out of a possible four gold medals.

The men's 110m hurdles has been dominated by the nation in recent years and victory for Xie Wenjun made him the eighth successive Chinese athlete to take the gold medal in the event.

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Xie, who shocked the field to win a Diamond League meeting in Shanghai earlier in the year, outclassed his rivals to take the title in a time of 13.36 seconds.

Long jump

In the long jump, Li Jinzhe also prevailed comfortably. His opening round effort was enough to beat everyone and his fifth-round leap - one centimetre further - sealed the win. It was the shortest winning distance in the long jump final for 28 years, though.

China's other success came in the women's pole vault where, in a field of only six athletes, pre-competition favourite and Asian record holder Li Ling eased to the gold medal, only needing to clear 4.35m at the first attempt to take the title.

The only gold medal won on day 11 not by a Chinese athlete came in the men's discus, where Iran's Ehsan Hadidi tasted victory for the third successive Games.

Hadidi, the Olympic silver medalist from 2012, was never really challenged in the competition and won with a distance of 65.11m, way clear of India’s 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Vikas Gowda, who finished as runner-up.

Star performer

Perhaps the standout performance of the day came in the women's 400m, however, with Bahrain’s Kemi Adekoya breaking an area record which had stood since 1994.

Adekoya, who won the 400m flat title earlier in the Games, will now be overwhelming favourite to add to her crown, with no other athlete running within two and a half seconds of her qualifying time. 

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