Fespic Games: Five world marks fall

KUALA LUMPUR: Five world records were created on the fourth day of the ninth Fespic Games as China marched on to surpass the century mark in their collection of gold medals here yesterday. 

China's gold medals tally stood at 119 while Malaysia received the thumbs up for doubling their initial target of 10 gold for the Games to 22 gold. 

Two Thais got into the act yesterday to join two Chinese and a South Korean in penning their names in the world record books, bringing the total number of records broken in the Games to nine so far. 

There were two records set on Sunday and Monday respectively, three by the Chinese and one by an Iranian athlete. 

Pichet Krungget hoisted the Thailand flag at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, the venue for track and field, by winning the men's 200m T53 wheelchair event in world record time. His compatriot Khamsuk Surang achieved a similar feat with a superb throw of 79.06m in the men's javelin F46 ambulant. 

Not to be outdone, the Chinese came good through Ni Hedong in the Coed P3 25m sport pistol and Zheng Baozhu in the women's javelin F24 ambulant. 

The fifth world record was set Hong Suk-man of South Korea who won the 200m T53 wheelchair event with a time of 26.11s. 

The day's proceedings also saw 12 new games records being rewritten, mainly in swimming and athletics competitions. 

Meanwhile, despite an impressive 22-gold haul, Malaysia dropped from fourth to fifth position in the overall medals tally behind China, Thailand, Iran and South Korea. 

Pichet, a household name in Bangkok, won the gold in the 200m with a time of 25.91 which eclipsed the previous world record of 26.31 held by South Korea's Man Hong-suk set at the Athens Paralympics in 2004. 

Zheng, 36, emerged as the darling of the Games with her second world record. 

The native of Changchun hurled the javelin to a new distance of 30.16m to better the old mark of 28.79m set by Finland's Vara Maarjana in Athens two years ago. 

On Monday, Zheng set a new world record in the discus with a throw of 31.60m and today she will be aiming for her third gold medal in the shot put.  

“It doesn't matter if I win a third gold medal or not. If there is someone better than me so be it.  

“I am happy with my two gold medals and two world records,” said Zheng who lost her left leg after a hit-and-run accident while walking to work in Guangdong province in 1989. 

Married with a four-year-old son, Zheng, a double gold medallist in the shot put and discus in Athens, works at the Changchun Sports Training centre. – Bernama  

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