China outscored Japan in first day of swimming at Guangzhou Asiad

14:00, November 14, 2010      

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Hosts China made a good start in swimming as they collected four of the six gold medals in the first competition day at the Guangzhou Asian Games in Guangzhou on Saturday.

Chinese young swimmers showed their strength today when 20-year-old Zhu Qianwei and 17-year-old Tang Yi made an one-two finish in the women's 200-meter freestyle.

Zhu, 20, touched the wall in one minute and 56.65 seconds, beating her teammate Tang by 0.43 second. Ito Hanae of Japan finished third in 1:58.24.

"I am satisfied with my performance," said Zhu, winner of the 4x200m freestyle relay at 2009 Rome world championships and runner-up of the event at Beijing Olympics.

"The training has been quite tough before the Asian Games and my coach was worried about my health. He didn't want me to train too hard before the event but I am always eager to practise. Now I am happy to get my reward for that."

In the women's 100m butterfly, China's teenager swimmer Jiao Liuyang dominated the whole race by clocking 57.76, beating Singapore's Tao Li by 0.48 second. Kato Yuka of Japan, who took the lead in the first 50m, finished third in 58.46.

"I'm not satisfied with the result," said the 19-year-old, runner-up of the 200m butterfly at Beijing Olympics. "I swam a little slow in the first 50m, and my coach told me to pay more attention on the tumble turns."

"I'm stronger at the 200m butterfly," she added.

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