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China takes women's hammer throw gold at Asian junior event

(Xinhua)

08:37, June 12, 2012

COLOMBO, June 11 (Xinhua) -- China's Yan Ni won the women's hammer throw gold on the penultimate day of the 15th Asian Junior Athletics Championship in Colombo on Monday.

Yan won the first event of the day with a 59.94-meter throw, bringing China's total gold tally to seven. South Korea's Park Seojin got the silver with 54.03m while Japan's Fukushima Hitomi won the bronze with a throw of 50.78m.

China's Xie Zhenye, who faced a major upset in 100 meters on the opening day, easily qualified for his favorite 200 meter final.

Xie who has a personal best of 20.66 seconds completed the heats in 21.50 seconds in Colombo and all eyes will be on him who is expected to beat Thailand's Suppachai Chimdee's 20.80 seconds record set in Hanoi in July 2010.

Xie was an overwhelming favorite to take gold in the 100m but became helpless against Iranian Taftian Hassan who crossed the finish line in a time of 10.49 seconds.

China leads the medal table with 13 medals including 7 gold, 5 silver and a bronze while the host Sri Lanka won two gold and a bronze.

The four-day event, which draws 34 participating teams, will close on Tuesday.

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