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Tuesday, February 05, 2002, updated at 14:09(GMT+8)

The Ninth National Games
China's Ninth National Games Closed
Chinese Swimmers Set 50m Breaststroke Short-course World Record

Chinese swimmers Luo Xuejuan and Li Wei broke the short-course world record for the women's 50 meters breaststroke on the second and final day of a World Cup meeting Monday in Shanghai.

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Chinese Swimmers Set 50m Breaststroke Short-course World Record
Chinese swimmers Luo Xuejuan and Li Wei broke the short-course world record for the women's 50 meters breaststroke on the second and final day of a World Cup meeting Monday in Shanghai.

Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji Declares Close National Games
Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji declared close the 9th Chinese National Games at the closing ceremony held in the Guangzhou Gymnasium Sunday evening. Chinese sports chief Yuan Weimin called on nationwide efforts to further implement the "Sports for All" National Fitness Program and the "All for Olympic Glory" Program for greater sporting achievements.

Round-up: National Games Highlight Booming Chinese Sports
China's Ninth National Games have broguth Chinese sports into the limelight nationwide, following Chinese capital Beijing's successful Olympic bid last July for the right to host the 2008 Olympic Games.

Feature: All for Games in Guangdong, Sports for All in China
In a southern Chinese province known of its vigorous, dynamic business and varied, delicious food, people witnessed 13-day-long sporting competitions with characteristics of their own.

Foreign Coaches: A Landmark at China's National Games
Never before were so many foreign faces witnessed at a domestic sports meet as at the 9th National Games. In fact, the diversity of international presence at the quadrennial event, which is to wrap up Sunday, has become a landmark of the two-week sports gathering.

Day-13 Roundup: Competitions Over Against "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"
In the background music of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," the last gold medal of China's Ninth National Games went to a Jiangsu synchronized swimming pair Saturday, thus ending the 13- day competition of the quadrennial event.

Day-12 Roundup: Hong Kong Stars Shine in Cycling, More Golds Decided
Hong Kong athletes stole the limelight on Friday, the 12th day of China's Ninth National Games, by taking a gold in the men's 180km road cycling and a silver in men's 4x100m relay race in the field.

Badminton Roundup: Champions Gathering at China's National Games
The 11-day badminton competition of China's 9th National Games concluded in Guangzhou Friday night, with Hunan, Shanghai and Guangdong coming out the top three squads. Having drawn 17 teams nationwide, the competitions featured such top players including over a dozen Olympic and worldchampions, a rare scene for any national event in the world of badminton.

Softball Witnesses Downslide at National Games, Says Coach
The softball event of China's 9th National Game wrapped up here on Friday with alarming signs of regression of the sport, warned a veteran coach.

Three Athletes Disqualified from China's National Games
Three more athletes had been disqualified from China's Ninth National Games for failing a doping test or having abnormal blood test results, the organizers announced Friday.

Ma's Army Bags One More Gold at National Games
With Dong Yanmei's title of the women's 5,000 meters at China's Ninth National Games, the Liaoning track team under the maverick coach Ma Junren swept away a total of eight golds in the games' athletics events which ended Friday.

Feature: She Triple Jumps to Glory
A village girl from south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region made Thursday her final step of a triple jump to a victory, which surpassed the Asian record.

Day-11 Round-up: Anxiety for Men's Lifting, Athletics at National Games
Anxiety for newblood in men's weightlifting and for Chinese athletics featured Day 11 of China's ongoing Ninth National Games.

Chinese Athletes Show Colorful Characters at Games
When two women soccer players from the Chinese army whipped off their jerseys to reveal their sports bras in excitement at scoring a goal during a match, they caused a sensation at the ongoing Ninth National Games.

Chinese Athletics Eyes Breakthrough at 2008 Olympics
The Chinese athletics seemed to have made up their mind to star in a modern-version Cinderella tale at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The host is expected to show strength in almost all the Olympic sports, a factor which experts believe is key to the success of the Games.

Day-10 Roundup: More Youngsters Come to the Fore at National Games
The field competitions on Day 10 of the Ninth National Games witnessed more veteran athletes fading out of the arena, and a string of youngsters coming to the fore. The veteran expect the youth to achieve greater success.

Day 9 roundup: Day of Records and Upsets for National Games
Chinese strongmen starred in the ninth-day competition of the ninth national games by surpassing a string of world records and Asian marks on Tuesday in Guangzhou.

Final Two Golds End China's National Games Diving Competition
The final two gold medals produced Monday night ended the nine-day diving competition at China's national games.

Former Chinese Head Coach Proposes New Format for National Swimming Team
It might be a better solution for the future Chinese national swimming team to adopt a highly-intensive training camp as the main format for their preparations aimed at the next Olympic Games, Chen Yunpeng, the former head coach of the Chinese national swimming team, has suggested.

Feature: Top Question for Games: How Golden Are Ma's Army's Golds?
As the maverick Chinese coach Ma Junren storms back to the track, with his proteges pocketing one after another gold in middle- and long-distance running events at the ongoing 9th National Games, the media covering the sports meet are asking the question of questions: How golden are their golds?

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