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East Asian Games End, with China the Big Winner


The East Asian Games have ended after being dominated by China, which won 127 gold medals and 223 overall in the nine-day, 17-sport competition in Macau. Japan was in second place with 46 gold medals while South Korea won 32 golds.

China closed out the Games Sunday with a 1-0 win over North Korea to take the football gold medal on Chen Tao's goal midway through the second half. Japan took the bronze with a 4-1 win over South Korea.

The Chinese squad was also impressive in the pool, winning 33 gold medals, while former top regional power Japan won only seven events. The Chinese women's basketball team claimed the gold medal with a 71-67 win over Taiwan. But Taiwan captured the men's gold, beating Japan, 60-55.

China finished with 26 gold athletics medals, while Japan finished with 15. South Korea won gold in men's field hockey, beating China 3-0.

Cui Dalin, deputy head of China's delegation, said the Chinese used these games as a testing ground for young athletes ahead of the Beijing Olympics.

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