Ashgabat 2017 Photo Gallery and Daily Review: Day Eight
Action on day eight of competition at the Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games featured thrilling knockout matches in the Futsal and Basketball tournaments, a world record in Weightlifting and the Track Cycling ended with some stunning racing.
There were 12 sports in action in total – including the last day of Equestrian Jumping and Belt Wrestling, as well as Billiard Sports, Swimming, Bowling, Chess, Indoor Tennis, Kickboxing and Weightlifting. Medals were contested in seven sports.
Iran’s Sohrab Moradi won the gold medal and set a world record for total lift in the men's 94kg at the Weightlifting Arena. "This is the result of many years of work and I am very happy and delighted for my efforts," he said. The Iranian, who celebrated his 29th birthday yesterday, registered a total of 413kg to beat the mark set by Greece’s Akakios Kakhiasvilis as far back as November 1999 by 1kg.
Earlier at the same venue, Mongolia’s Ankhtsetseg Munkhjantsan did not complete her first lift in the women's 75kg, but nailed the next five on her way to gold. A 130-kg lift with her final attempt in the Clean and Jerk secured the title.
Hong Kong, China’s Track Cycling team capped its brilliant show at the Velodrome with its fourth and fifth golds, this time from Leung Chun-Wing in the men’s Omnium and Diao Xiaojuan in women’s Omnium.
Six days of epic competition ended after Pavel Vorzhev won gold for Kazakhstan in the men's Keirin. His succinct quote afterwards describes the experience of top level athletes: “Let’s say that the competition is not as hard as getting ready for it is,” he said.
In the Short Course Swimming, People's Republic of China, Republic of Korea and Hong Kong, China had another great day at the pool, and comfortably make up the top three in the overall swimming medals table after Day 2 at the Aquatics Centre. China won four gold, while there was one each for Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei and Republic of Korea.
The men’s doubles bowling final was held with South Korea’s Cho Young Seon and Kang Heewon beating compatriots Kim Kyungmin and Choi Bokeum 434-383.
At the Billiard Sports Arena, seventeen-year-old Nutcharat Wongharuthai of Thailand produced a convincing 4-0 victory over her teammate Waratthanun Sukritthanes, to win the women’s 6-Red Snooker Singles title.
Hamad Ali Al Attiayah conjured up a blistering round to strike gold in the Individual Jumping at the Equestrian Centre. The Qatari rider came out on top in a seven-man jump-off against the clock to claim the title.
The men’s Futsal semifinals were confirmed as Japan beat Jordan, Iran beat Thailand, and Afghanistan stunned the host side Turkmenistan. Vietnam were knocked out by Uzbekistan. The lineup for Sunday is Iran v Afghanistan at 17:00, and Japan v Uzbekistan at 19:00.
The men’s and women’s 3x3 Basketball quarterfinals were tightly contested and Sunday’s semifinals are now set. In the women’s, Syria will play Uzbekistan at 18:00, and Thailand takes on Turkmenistan at 18:30. In men’s Mongolia play Qatar at 19:00, and Iraq meets Kyrgyzstan at 19:30. The hosts Turkmenistan were knocked out by Qatar.
Turkmenistan scooped more glory at the Belt Wrestling, where it finished the competition with a total 39 gold medals. In the Alysh Classic discipline, it claimed four more gold medals in the women’s bouts and four in the men’s. The host Turkmen squad has utterly dominated the medal table from the Games start, and now has 77 golds and 193 total. Iran is second on 19, while Uzbekistan, Thailand and China are tied on 16.
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