Chinese athletes continue record-breaking performance at National Games

14:17, October 24, 2009      

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The Chinese athletes pulled off another record breaking show at the 11th National Games, which is due to conclude on Oct. 28.

Olympic champion Long Qingquan made his impressive debut at the 11th Chinese National Games as he broke weightlifting legend Mutlu's jerk world record in men's 56kg category.

Long of Hunan hoisted 169kg in his final attempt to smash the jerk world record by one kilo, which was made by Turkish Olympic champion Halil Mutlu in 2001.

"Surpassing Mutlu is my dream. I hope one day I can break all the three world records made by him," Long told the press.

"I felt great before the competition. Bettering the world record is my plan," he added.

In swimming pool, national champion Chen Qian demolished Asian record to win the women's 800m freestyle on 8:20.36.

He knocked over three seconds off the Asian record of 8:23.68 held by Japanese swimmer Yamada Sachiko for five years.

So far altogether 10 Asian records had been established in swimming events at the on-going Chinese National Games.

Earlier China's Olympic champion Liu Zige had even set a new world record in the 200m butterfly final in 2:01.81, over two seconds faster than previous world best set by Australian Jessica Schipper at the Rome World Championships.

Other winners of Friday's swimming competitions include world champion Zhao Jing in the women's 200m backstroke, Asian champion Zhou Jiawei in the men's 100m butterfly, and bronze medalist of Doha Asian Games Cai Li in the men's 50m freestyle.

In the men's 100m butterfly final, Zhou Jiawei chalked up 51.24 seconds to equal Asian record and break his own national record of 51.36 set at last year's National Championships.

Two double gold medalists came to spotlight in athletics as Xue Fei and Sun Wenli both clinched their second gold with last-gasp victories in women's and men's 1500m.

Xue, the winner in the women's 5,000 meters on Wednesday, was lurking tightly behind the leader of the pack until the last 60 meters.

Sun Wenli, the gold medalist of the men's 3000 meters steeplechase, delighted the home crowd with a last spurt to win the gold in 3:44.98.

In men's high jump, Zhang Shufeng of Heilongjiang defended his title in 2.28 meters while Henan's Liu Chunhua won the women's javelin throw with 60.65m.

Source: Xinhua
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