x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Chinese sweep complete after medals haul at Asian Swimming Championships

China finishes the competition in Dubai with 50 golds after taking victory in the last day's water polo finals.

The Chinese pair of Chen Ye and Qu Lin won gold in the 3m synchro final in Dubai yesterday. Ali Haider / EPA
The Chinese pair of Chen Ye and Qu Lin won gold in the 3m synchro final in Dubai yesterday. Ali Haider / EPA

DUBAI // China completed their sweep of the diving events, claiming a brace of golds in the final two events of the Asian Swimming Championships.

First up were Chen Ye and Qu Lin who topped the podium in the women's 3m synchro final with a total of 321.90 points. Their fourth of five dives, a forward two-and-a-half somersault with one twist pike, saw them scoring a mark of 73.80, the highest of the afternoon.

Japan's Fuka Tatsumi, who claimed bronze in the 10m platform final, and Yuka Mabuchi took with the silver with 270.69 while Malaysia's Jun Hoong Cheong and Zhiayi Loh claimed the bronze with 255.27.

This was Cheong's third bronze in as many days, having also reached the podium in the individual 3m event on Saturday and the 10m synchro event, with Loh, the day before.

In the other final of the day, Wu Jun who added to China's impressive gold medal haul at these Championships.

Wu finished with a total of 541.35 points to add the individual 10m platform title to the 10m synchro crown he won on Saturday. Wu's total was comfortably ahead of his 14-year-old teammate Li Ping'An who finished with 484.10 points for the silver medal. Japan's Chiaki Otsuka, who took a surprise 10m synchro silver on Saturday with Taichi Okajima, collected the bronze with a total of 395.70.

China went on to claim both the men's and women's water polo titles tonight.

The men's final was a nerve-racking affair which had to be decided on penalties after China and Kazakhstan reached full time on 9-9. The Chinese eventually emerged as 13-11 winners.

In the women's final, contested by teams from the same two countries, it looked like an upset was on the cards, when Kazakhstan took an early lead against World Championships silver medallists China.

Kazakhstan went 3-0 up in the first quarter but China rallied to run out 13-8 winners.

Having dominated the swimming, synchronized swimming and diving events, China won a total of 50 gold medals from these championships. The closest nation behind them was Japan with three from the swimming competition.


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