Ashgabat 2017 Photo Gallery and Daily Review: Day Seven
Day seven of competition at the Ashgabat 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games saw competition in 11 sports, including medal events in Belt Wrestling, Billiard Sports, Bowling, Short Course Swimming, Track Cycling, Weightlifting, and the final day of Taekwondo and Kurash events. Friday’s action saw several standout and surprising performances, with some especially notable results coming in Tennis, Bowling, Billiard Sports, and Kurash.
The medal tally at day’s end would see the host Turkmen contingent maintaining a truly impressive lead on the table, finishing the day by taking eight of 12 possible gold medals in another dominant performance in the Belt Wrestling ring, and finishing Friday with a total of 175 medals – 69 of which are gold.
It was a huge day record-breaking performances at the Aquatics Centre, with six Games Records broken over the course of the evening in the first day of competition in Short Course Swimming.
First up for historic individual performances was in the women’s 50m Freestyle event, where Jenjira Srisa-Ard of Thailand set a pace of 24.71 to take the gold and a new Games record. Then, in the men’s 100m Breaststroke, China’s Wang Lizhuo set a Games record twice in one day, once in the heats and then again in the final, with his finals time of 57.02 a full 1.26 seconds faster than the record that stood at the start of the day.
The final four events of the evening saw four more Games records fall, with Vietnam’s Thi Anh Vien Nguyen set a time of 2:09.78 to take gold in the women’s 200m Individual Medley and China’s Qin Haiyang taking gold in the men’s version of the same event with a time of 1:55.20.
Finally, records also fell in the final two team events of the evening – the women’s and men’s 4x50m Medley Relay – with Hong Kong setting a new Games record with a time of 1:48.79 in the women’s competition, and Korea laying down a record pace of 1:35.28 in men’s action.
The upset of the day came at the Indoor Tennis Centre, where Indonesia’s Beatrice Gumulya toppled tournament favourite Ankita Raina of India in women’s Singles action.
Raina came into Ashgabat 2017 competition ranked 258 according to the World Tennis Associations charts, making her the top-ranked player in the tournament and the odds-on favourite to take the gold. Gumulya had other plans, however, and the 26 year old from Jakarta (who came into competition 518 spots behind Raina at position 770 on the WTA rankings) scored a decisive 6-2, 6-3 victory to secure a place in the semi-finals and guarantee herself a medal.
In Friday’s Bowling action, Korea’s Baek Seungja put on a masterclass in the lanes on her way to the women’s Singles gold medal, opening her day with a 300-point perfect game and finishing her six preliminary round matches with a total score of 1455 that was in fact higher than the best score recorded on the men’s side.
The final day of Kurash competition saw Uzbekistan flexing its muscle in the 3500 year old martial arts discipline that originated in the nation’s territory, as Uzbek athletes took gold in five of the six weight classes contested on the day. Uzbekistan scored a sweep of the -90kg, -100kg, and +100kg men’s categories, and took wins in the women’s -52kg and -57kg.
Also taking a final bow at Ashgabat 2017 were the Taekwondo athletes, who closed out their five days of competition with contests in the Poomsae discipline. The four golds up for grabs on Friday were split evenly between Iran, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand, while Iran managed to score a medal in all four of the day’s competitions.
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