China rule as 15 world marks tumble

KUALA LUMPUR: The fifth day of the KL’06 Fespic Games saw world records being set in athletics, archery and powerlifting. 

While only nine records were rewritten over the past three days, a stunning 15 world marks fell yesterday – 10 in athletics, four in archery and one in powerlifting. 

It was an even more remarkable day for South Korea’s Hong Suk-man and China’s Guo Wei as they set their second world records of the Games as China continued their relentless march towards the overall title with 165 gold medals. 

Suk-man, winner of the 200m T53 wheelchair race on Tuesday, was again in fiery form at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium yesterday, racing away with the 400m T53 wheelchair gold in 48.86, erasing the old mark of 50.04 set by Kuwait’s Hamd Al Adwani in Athens. 

Guo Wei, winner and record holder of the discus F35 (Celebral Palsy) event on Monday, showed that he was equally strong in shot putt, heaving the iron ball to a distance of 14.64m for the record and gold. 

In the shot putt events, China’s Zheng Baozhu (women’s F42) shattered her own Athens record of 9.37m with a new mark of 9.63m while Xia Dong of China (men’s F37 Celebral Palsy) cracked the old mark of 14.83m, set by Poland’s Thomasz Blatkiewics, with a throw of 15.27m. 

China’s Liu Ping, running in the women's 100m T35 (Celebral Palsy), then cracked the 20.33 record of Irishwoman Aoife O’Brien with a time of 18.04. 

The Chinese monopoly continued with Fu Xinhan (men’s 100m), Ren Daichang (men’s long jump), Li Chun Mei (women’s 1,500m) and Zhang Hai Yuan (women’s pole vault) completing the list of world record-breakers yesterday. 

The 10th athletics record for the day came courtesy of the Thais, who won the men’s wheelchair 4x100m relay in a new world mark of 51.95. 

Of the four archery world records, three came from the South Koreans. 

Jung Young-joo hit the mark in the recurve men W2-70m while Lee Ouk-soo was peerless in the men’s Open compound. Ouk-soo later partnered Go Sung-kil and Kweon Hyunju to smash the team world record. 

GUTSY LASS:Malaysia’s Nor Azlinashows off her goldmedal after winningthe women's javelin(celebral palsy) eventat the Bukit JalilNational Stadiumyesterday. –BERNAMApic

China’s Wang Yanhong joined the elite list of world record-breakers in archery with her victory in the women’s recurve ST-70m. 

The last record of the day came from China’s strongman Zhang Haidong in the men’s 82.5kg powerlifting event. 

Malaysia also went on a golden spree, accumulating 13 more gold medals to regain fourth place from Iran in the overall medal tally. Malaysia’s haul is 35-46-52. 

Three of those came in athletics, through Nor Azlina Mustafa Ali (women’s javelin celebral palsy), Zikri Mohammad (men’s long jump celebral palsy) and Faridul Masri (men’s wheelchair shot putt). 

Malaysia have now won 15 gold medals from track and field events. 

China, with a tally of 165-61-31, have all but confirmed themselves as overall champions for the final Fespic Games, while Thailand remained second with 54-38-43 and South Korea third with a 38-32-34 haul. – Bernama 

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