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China Continues To Dominate World University Games - 2001-08-25

China continues to dominate the World University Games in Beijing. The host Chinese earned gold medals in judo, diving, table tennis and swimming on Saturday to lift their total gold medal count to 15. Japan, the United States, Italy and Ukraine are a distant second with three golds each. Chinese has 28 total medals, Japan 16 and the U.S. 11.

France, Russia, Cuba, Uzbekistan and Romania also aided China in its quest to beat perennial University Games medal champion the United States by taking their first gold medals during Saturday's fourth official day of competition.

Lioudmila Ejova struck Russia's first gold by grabbing the women's all-round gymnastics title, following Thursday's dismal performance in the team competition. French swordsman Matthieu Denis surprised the field in the highly competitive men's epee by beating Maksym Khvorost of Ukraine 15 to 10, while men's swimmer Romain Barnier won the 100-meter freestyle in 49.39 seconds.

Americans only managed a gold and three silvers in the swimming pool Saturday where they are traditionally dominant.

Table tennis, diving and gymnastics continued to be China's strong points, with the women taking the table tennis team gold and diver Wang Tianling beating out a strong field of Sydney Olympians to take the gold in the three-meter springboard.