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The 4th Military World Games close in India
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08:23, October 22, 2007

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HYDERABAD, India, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- The 4th Military World Games dropped its curtain here on Sunday after China grabbed the last two gold medals.

Russia topped the medals tally with 42 golds, 29 silvers, and 29 bronzes, followed by China in 38-22-13. Germany placed third with 7-10-13. Military and sports giant United States only won two golds, six silvers and two bronzes to finish in the 15th place, while host India placed 20th with 2-1-7.

Chinese swimmer Yang Li stole the most spotlight as she broke the world record in the women's 50m backstroke. It is the first world record broken in the Games since it started in 1995.

"It was a fantastic win for Yang. Congratulations to Chinese delegation. As the level of the Games enhanced, I hope more record could be broken in the next games in Brazil," said Brigadier Gianni Gola, president of CISM.

Chen Zhaohai, Chef de mission of the Chinese delegation said: "Our athletes tried their best in the Games. Before the Games, we aimed at winning around 20 golds, but finally we got 38. The result is beyond our expectation."

During a one-week competition, more than 5000 athletes from 106 countries and regions competed in 13 disciplines, including traditional Olympic events like shooting, swimming and boxing, as well as military specific events, such as parachuting and military pentathlon.

Upholding the banner of "Friendship Through Sports", the Military World Games are held every four years under the aegis of Brussels-based CISM, the second largest sporting body after the International Olympic Committee.

The first edition of the games were held in Rome in 1995, the second in Zagreb, Croatia in 1999, and the third again in Italy in 2003. The 5th will be held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in 2011.

Source: Xinhua

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