Salimikordasiabi completes weightlifting hat-trick
Behdad Salimikordasiabi became only the third weightlifter in history to complete a hat-trick of Asian Games golds Monday after vanquishing doping cheat Saeid Alihosseini in a battle of the Iranian giants. Salimikordasiabi, who won gold at Guangzhou 2010 and Incheon 2014, battled countryman Alihosseini lift-for-lift as they turned the superheavyweight (+105kg) competition into a two-horse race. South Korean superheavyweight Kim Tae-Hyun won gold in 1990, 1994 and 1998 and Iranian great Mohammad Nassiri won lightweight categories in 1966, 1970 and 1974. ‘I’m so happy that after Mohammad Nassiri I am only the second man from Iran to win three gold medals in the Asian Games,’ he told AFP after his winning total of 461kg. The pair could not be separated after both opened with a snatch of 208kg, but it was Salimikordasiabi who prevailed with his final clean and jerk of 253kg, removing his shoes and belt and kneeling to kiss the stage in thanks.
Jakarta silver erases nightmares Chand
India’s Dutee Chand has gone through some pretty dark days over the last few years as she battled to compete in athletics despite her hyperandrogenism but all that was forgotten once she had her Asian Games 100 metres silver medal in her hands. The 22-year-old from Odisha has long lived with the condition which naturally produces high testosterone levels and for a year saw her unable to run in International Association of Athletics Federations competition. It was her appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport that saw the IAAF ban struck down for two years in 2016 and on Sunday she finished two hundredths of a second behind Edidiong Odiong in the blue riband sprint. ‘I’ll tell you how I feel,’ she told reporters. ‘When a mother gives birth to a child, she goes through a lot of pain. But she forgets everything the moment she sees the baby. ‘I’m having the same feeling. It has erased all my nightmares. It’s a big moment for me.’
China draws blank in badminton singles since 1970
For the first time since 1970, China will have no singles badminton player on the podium at the Asian Games, which their rivals attribute to the rise of the sport in other nations. China had two top 10 players in the men’s singles in Jakarta but neither reached the last four. World number two and top seed Shi Yuqi was beaten in the first round by Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie while fellow home favourite Sinisuka Ginting took down Olympic champion Chen Long in the quarter-finals. World number five Chen Yufei and seventh-ranked He Bingjiao also failed to reach the last four in women’s singles, denying China any chance of a singles medal. World number one Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan and 2016 Olympic silver medallist Pusarla Sindhu will vie for the women’s singles gold while Christie reached the men’s singles final against Taiwan’s Chou Tienchen.
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