East Asian Games, day 3
It was a memorable day for athletes from Japan as they took home seven titles out of the dozen on offer on Saturday (12 Dec) at the 5th East Asian Games in Hong Kong.
However Chinese sprinters were triumphant as Su Bingtian and Tao Yujia became the fastest man and woman of the Games. The Chinese camp was in shock when the defending champion Hu Kai crashed out with a fifth place finish in his morning heats. But Bingtian (20) came to the rescue as he lined-up for the finals. With a clean sweep of medals in this year’s Asian Grand Prix series and fresh from his Asian Indoor Games victory, he showed perseverance while taking the challenge from Shintaro Kimura of Japan. Kimura on the outside lane reacted first to the starter’s gun. Bingtian caught him midway and surged past to become a winner in 10.33 secs.