Ashgabat 2017 Photo Gallery and Daily Review: Day Ten
Monday 25 September was day 10 of action at the Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, where 11 different sports were up for contest, including medal competition in Billiard Sports, DanceSport, Indoor Tennis, Kickboxing, Sambo, Short Course Swimming, Weightlifting, Wrestling, and the bronze and gold medal games in women’s Futsal. Also of not on Monday was the debut of e-Sports as a demonstration sport at Ashgabat 2017.
The big story of the day was the woman’s Futsal gold medal finals, where Japan and Thailand squared off after a long and hard-fought tournament, with Japan looking to make it four-straight AIMAG gold medals.
However, Thailand took an early lead in the contest, putting Japan behind for the first time in the tournament. Battling hard, Japan was able to equalize in the 35’ minute, only to have their hopes dashed when Thailand’s Darika Peanpailun answered back just a minute later. While Japan pressed hard to again tie things up by bringing forward their goalkeeper for a numbers advantage, Jenjira Bubpha was able to lob in a shot from her own side of centre into the open net to seal the deal and ensure Thailand the gold.
It was a big day for Turkmenistan in Sambo competition, as the host nation took four of a possible seven gold medals, including a gold for Zafar Madaminow in the men’s Combat +100kg division and one for Gulbadam Babamuratowa in the women’s -52kg class.
The Games records continued to fall right up to the very end in the pool, as the final day of Short Course Swimming action at Ashgabat 2017 saw five new records established, by Vietnam’s Thi Anh Vien Nguyen in the women’s 100m Medley, China’s Sun Meichen in the women’s 100m Freestyle, Kazakhstan’s Adil Kaskabay in the men’s 100m Freestyle, Korea’s Kim Daleun in the women’s 50m Breaststroke, and, finally, by China’s men’s 4x100m Medley Relay team.
China finished Ashgabat 2017 Short Course Swimming competition with 29 medals total, 11 of which were gold, to more than double the best results of any other nation in the pool.
The first day of DanceSport competition saw more excellent results for the delegation from China, with two pairs of Chinese dancers finishing Monday with two gold medal victories, as Yuan Shaoyang and Qi Chongxuan won the Waltz and the Tango events, and Qiu Yuming and Wei Liying took victories in the Slow Foxtrot and Quickstep.
And continue the theme of good fortune for China, China’s wrestlers also shone on Monday, taking three of four possible gold medals in women’s Freestyle Wrestling competition, with Pei Xingru winner in the -58kg category, Xu Rui victorious in -63kg category, and Paliha golden in the -75kg class.
Finally, the first medals of the Indoor Tennis tournament were awarded on Monday, with Thailand’s Nicha Lertpitaksinchai and Nuttanon Kadchapanan claiming Mixed Doubles gold in three sets over India’s Prarthana Thombare and Jagadeesan Vishnuvardhan – 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
At the end of the day, the medal table saw Turkmenistan holding on to a lead atop the standings that looks all but unassailable; with just two days of competition left, the host nation owns 229 medals, 85 of which our gold, while the People’s Republic of China, next best in the standings, has but 34 golds and 77 total medals.
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