The 17th Asian Games Lowers the Curtain and the Chinese Delegation ranks 1st in Gold Medal Standing for Nine Consecutive Asian Games



On the evening of October 4, the Asian Games Flame, after blazing in the water tank for 16 days, extinguished in Incheon, a port city of South Korean. The 17th Asian Games ended in PARTY atmosphere created by singers of “South Korean Fad”.

According to the official website of the Chinese Olympic Committee, under the theme of “One Asia, Dreams of 4.5 Billion Asians”, Closing Ceremony follows the theme of “Our Cherished Memories of Incheon”, and gives publicity to the traditional culture, traditional athletics and pop culture of host country. High-profile North Korean delegation arrived in Incheon on the morning of October 4, held a “lunch meeting” with South Korean officials and also attended Closing Ceremony.

The 17th Asian Games “downsizes” to 36 major items and 439 minor events compared with 42 major events and 476 minor events of the 16th Asian Games Guangzhou 2010. After the Chinese tennis players enjoy championship in Men’s and Women’s Singles on the day, the Chinese Delegation, which sends nearly 900 athletes, ranks 1st in Gold Medal Standing for nine consecutive Asian Games with 151 gold medals and wins 342 medals in total, thereby setting a new high since the 16th Asian Games Guangzhou 2010.

It is gratifying that the Chinese Delegation makes a breakthrough on key minor events of two basic major events (Swimming and Field and Track). In the final of Men’s 100 Meters Freestyle, Ning Zetao sets the world’s third-best record of 2014. Ning Zetao and his teammates join hands to set the world’s second-best record of 2014 in Men’s 4x100-meter Medley Relay. New Asian record of Men’s 4x100 Meter Relay, set by the Chinese athletes, can rank 3rd in London Olympic Games. Zhao Qinggang’s extraordinary performance implies the first place in World Championship in Men’s Javelin Throw. However, no gold medal is conferred for Basketball, Volleyball and Football, the focus of attention in China. This is the worst record since China made debut at the Asian Games for the first time in 1974.

With 79 gold medals and 234 medals, South Korea, the host country, ranks 2nd in Gold Medal Standing for five consecutive Asian Games. With 47 gold medals and 200 medals, Japan ranks 3rd. The overall pattern of the Asian sport witnesses no signs of great change.

Among the delegations of 45 participating countries and regions, 37 delegations win medals. 28 delegations are listed in Gold Medal Standing, secondly only to 29 in the 16th Asian Games Guangzhou 2010.

At the 17th Asian Games, a number of good results spring up in a row. 14 world records are broken, while 27 Asian records and 88 Asian Games records are refreshed, which are the highest in the latest three Asian Games. Chinese swimmer Ning Zetao and Shen Duo, Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino and the Chinese women gymnast Yao Jinnan win four gold medals each, and they are crowned as “winner with the most gold medals”. 20-year-old Kosuke Hagino, a swimming star of Japan, even harvests 4 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 2 bronze medals, and breaks an Asian record and an Asian Games record of seven individual events. He is honorably appraised as “Most Valuable Athlete”.

At the 17th Asian Games, more than 1900 cases of doping tests are carried out, the highest in the history of the Asian Games. During this period, six athletes have failed doping tests at the Incheon Games and been expelled since it opened. Among them, Zhang Wenxiu, a famous Chinese women’s hammer thrower, fails to pass pre-competition urine drug test with positive result. Zhang Wenxiu becomes the first Chinese athlete caught doping in major sporting events in the past 20 years.


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