Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Thursday, October 10, 2002

Indonesia Storms off Badminton Court, China Continues Gold Rush

Indonesian badminton players stormed out of the men's team final and then returned to lose to South Korea in the Asian Games on Wednesday, while China continued its gold rush in athletics and sailing.


Indonesian badminton players stormed out of the men's team final and then returned to lose to South Korea in the Asian Games on Wednesday, while China continued its gold rush in athletics and sailing.

China broke two meet records and won three gold medals on the third day of athletics, and bagged six titles in sailing, two in diving and one in rhythmic gymnastics, raising its gold total to 120.

South Korea has collected 60 golds and Japan has taken 37. Kazakhstan has 13 in fourth place, followed by Thailand with nine,DPR Korea and Uzbekistan both with seven.

Indonesian shuttlers walked off the court complaining over line calls as their top player Taufik Hidayat played against Shon Seung-mo in the opening singles. They returned after the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) threatened to disqualify them and at the same time appeased them by changing the controversial linesman.

The flashpoint came with the score at 12-9 in the second, when a smash by Hidayat was called out by a South Korean linesman. Television replays showed the shot was well inside the line.

"The call at 12-9 was definitely wrong," said OCA sports committee chief Wei Jizhong. "But Indonesians were also wrong in walking off the court."

After seeking advice from an International Badminton Federation delegate, the OCA decided to change the controversial linesman, according to Wei.

While the umpires are from non-playing countries, all badminton line judges are South Koreans, Wei added.

The game was stopped around 5 p.m. local time (0800 GMT) with Hidayat trailing 13-15, 9-12 and resumed over two hours later.

Shon Seung-mo outlasted Taufik 15-13, 13-15, 17-16 and Lee Hyun-il put South Korea two up by beating Rony Agustinus.

Segit Budiarto and Candra Wijaya pulled one point back for Indonesia in the first doubles but Kim Dong-moon and Ha Tae-kweon nailed the host's victory in the second doubles.

The Busan Main Stadium was as noisy as the badminton court, yet without controversy.

Chinese pole vaulter Gao Shuying cleared the bar at a new games record of 4.35 meters in her first Asiad appearance. The silver went to Japan's Masumi Ono, who flew over 4.10 meters. China's QinXia got the bronze with 4.00 meters.

Asian record holder Liu Xiang won the men's 110-meter hurdles with a games record of 13.27 seconds. Japanese Satoru Tanigawa andSouth Korean park Tae-kyong finished second and third respectively.

Li Meiju took China's third athletics gold of the day, sixth sofar, as she won the women's shot put in her second attempt toss of18.62 meters. South Korea's Lee Myung-sun got the silver with 18.50, and Juthaporn Krasaeyan won the bronze with 17.53.

China is right on a course to dominate track and field again. The Chinese had topped the sport in the past three games with 29, 22 and 15 golds.

Qatar's Khamis Abdulla Saifeldin produced a games record of 8 minutes 30.52 seconds to win the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Fawzi Al Shammari of Kuwait claimed the men's 400 meters gold with a time of 44.93 seconds and the title of the men's triple jump went to Salem Al Mowallad of Saudi Arabia, who jumped 16.60 meters, just three centimeters ahead of second-placed Chinese Lao Jianfeng.

China and South Korea each collected six golds from sailing, with the other titles going to Japan, Chinese Hong Kong and Indonesia.

Chinese pair Wang Yan and Song Xiaqun defeated their nearest rivals Kim Suk-kyong and Her Jung-eun of South Korea after 11 rounds to take the women's 420 event.

The other golds for China were from the optimist girls, laser radial open, race board men's heavy, mistral men's light and European women events.

Hong Kong's Olympic champion Lee Lai-shan, who had been complaining of stomach pain and cramps since Sept. 28, successfully defended her women's mistral title two days before the race ended.

After seven races on Tuesday, Lee had got a massive 12 points clear of nearest rival Yin Jian of China.

Lee flew back to Hong Kong early Wednesday morning to seek treatment, and was hospitalized on her arrival.

China bounced back from their table tennis troubles, taking both the men's and women's singles.

China's world number one-ranked men's player Wang Liqin crushedChinese Taipei's Chuang Chih-yuan 11-4 12-10, 13-11, 11-7 for hissecond gold medal of the games.

In the all-Chinese women's final, world number two Zhang Yiningdefeated world number one Wang Nan, Olympic and world champion, 11-7, 11-6, 7-11, 12-14, 11-8, 6-11, 11-9.

The Chinese team has managed three golds, three silvers and sixbronzes, their worst showing ever at an Asian Games.

China continued its winning streak in the diving pool by winning women's 10m platform and 3m springboard synchronized titles.

Duan Qing and Li Ting beat a serious challenge from DPR KoreansJon Hyon-ju and Kim Kyong-ju to win the 10m platform with 315.36 points while Peng Bo and Wang Kenan claimed the 3m crown with 346.14 points.

Thailand swept the men's and women's regu titles, and Singaporeand Malaysia each picked a bowling gold.

Assad Said Saif Asaad of Qatar totaled 417.5kg to win the men's105kg division weightlifting and Hiroshi Yamamoto nipped fellow Japanese Yuji Hamano 113-106 to snatch the men's individual archery top honor.

In the baseball final, South Korea's "Dream Team" won a second consecutive Asian Games gold medal, edging Chinese Taipei 4-3.

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