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Asian Games: Kitajima Sets New 200-Meter Breaststroke World Record - 2002-10-02


It has been a day of world records and Chinese domination at the Asian Games in Busan, South Korea, with Japan's Kosuke Kitajima setting a world record in the men's 200-meter breaststroke swimming event.

Kitajima finished the race in 2:09.97, .19 faster than the old mark set by American Mike Barrowman at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. That had been the oldest record on the books in men's swimming.

Also Wednesday, in the men's 62-kilogram weightlifting competition, China's Le Maosheng lifted 182.5 kilograms, beating the old mark of 181 kilos set by Belarussian Genady Oleshchuk last year. Le did not set a record in the snatch, but his total weight was enough for the gold medal.

China dominated the shooting and rowing venues Wednesday, with Chinese shooters setting world records in the men's and women's air rifle competitions. The Chinese men's team scored a total of 1788 points, three better than the old mark.

The women's team broke its own world record by four points, scoring 1194. China's Zhao Yinghui took the women's individual air rifle gold medal and Wang Yifu of China won the men's 50-meter pistol gold medal. China also won the men's team pistol event.

At the rowing venue, no one came closer than four seconds to the Chinese athletes, with Chinese rowers taking all the gold medals.

Japan won a gold medal in the duet synchronized swimming event when Miya Tachibana and Miho Takeda beat Gu Beibei and Zhang Xiaohuan of China.

South Korea won three of the day's four judo golds and Kim Yong-mi won the women's 97-kilometer road cycling race (2:47:19).

In field hockey, South Korea crushed Hong Kong, 14-1. Yeo Won-Kon had three goals for the South Koreans. South Korea will next face India to decide the group winners. India defeated Japan, 3-0. Meanwhile Malaysia scored a 6-1 win over Bangladesh.

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