Breakdancing made its debut in a whirlwind of baggy pants and pounding beats in the Asian Games final, ending North Korea’s hopes of winning the fairytale soccer gold.
In the women’s soccer match, Japan won back-to-back titles thanks to a three-goal burst in the second half at Huanglong Sports Centre Stadium, wiping away tears for North Korean fans.
With the help of Chinese fans, the Koreans held Japan to 1-1 at halftime while playing their first international football since before COVID-19. However, they ultimately fell short of winning a fourth gold medal in the competition.
In the bronze medal playoff, China defeated Uzbekistan 7 – 0.
B-boys and” b-girls” competed in the qualifying rounds of the Paris Olympics a year after breakdancing made its Olympic debut, pulling tricks that caused ear-splitting jams in front of judges and thousands of onlookers.
The organizers hope that” breaking” can help entice young viewers who have been turned off by traditional Games sports in addition to esports’ debut as a medal event in Hangzhou.
Breakdance, a counter-cultural art form that was born in New York City’s streets decades ago, is now evaluated in competition based on broad standards.
Sun Zhen, a 24-year-old Taiwanese breaker who made it to Saturday’s knockout rounds, said,” Now that it has evolved into sport, its culture is becoming less and less because we have to cooperate with some sports norms.”
By defeating Jordan 70-60 in the men’s final for the first time in 61 years, Philippines basketball brought back the glory days of the mid-20th century.
Chris Newsome, a guard from the Philippines who was born in California, said,” There were many people who didn’t think we could do it, and we proved them wrong.”
The return of cricket to the Games and India’s T20 debut have both been successful; the south Asians defeated Bangladesh by nine wickets on Saturday to reach the final.
As Afghanistan roared to a four-wicket victory over Pakistanis in the other semi-final, hopes of facing off against their bitter rivals Pakistan for gold medals were dashed.
Pakistan will compete for bronze against Bangladesh after failing to win the women’s competition that India won.
India, which won their fourth Games gold and first since Incheon in 2014, thrashed Japan 5 – 1 in the final to continue their resurgence as Olympic bronze medalists.
Only a few weeks after taking home the 102kg world championship in Saudi Arabia, Chinese weightlifting champion Liu Huanhua stunned Uzbekistan’s Olympic champion Akbar Djuraev.
Liu lifted a total of 418 kg to overtake Djuraev, the twice-world champion.
However, the crowd lifted me up because they were so enthused, and I was driven by it.
Four-time world champion and fellow countryman Liang Xiaomei won the women’s 87kg championship.
Djuraev’s dissatisfaction was not the hosts’ first setback for Uzbekistan.
Anvar Klevleev, a silver medalist in their canoe slalom, finished first in the men’s race with 98.63 seconds.
However, home rival Xie Yuancong won the gold after successfully contesting a 50-second penalty for failing to enter the course.
A second Saudi Arabian runner was disqualified after testing positive for the blood-booster darbepoetin( EPO ), which is similar to erythropoxime.
Wesam Nasser A Alfarsi, a middle distance runner, was the sixth athlete to be suspended from the Games overall after finishing last of 12 runners in the 3, 000-meter steeplechase.
Erdenezul Buyandelger, a 55 kg weightlifter from Mongolia, then placed seventh after testing positive for an illegal steroid.
Abdullah Al-Sharabatly, who had won the individual jumping competition, left the equestrian program with his sixth Asian Games gold for Saudi Arabia.
After winning at the 2006, 2010 and 2018 Games, Al – Sharbatly also took home a fourth team gold medal.
” I’m very proud because I( was) the best Saudi athlete by a wide margin, winning five golds. Six golds are now available. Amazing ,” the 41-year-old who was optimistic about his chances of competing in the Olympics in Paris said.
” Inshallah, I will do it. I expect and hope to win gold in Paris.”
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