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Asian Games: China, Kazakhstan Set New World Records - 2002-10-04

Two more world records fell Friday at the Asian Games in Busan, South Korea, while Chinese athletes continue to be impressive in the pool.

The Chinese broke a 13-year-old record in the women's 25-meter sport pistol team event, shooting for 1768 points. That was four points better than the old mark set by the former Soviet Union in 1989.

The other record-breaker was Kazakhstan weightlifter Sergey Filimonov, who set a new best in the snatch section on his way to the gold medal in the men's 77-kilo division. He lifted 173 kilos, breaking the old mark by half a kilo set by Bulgarian Plamen Zhelyazkov last March.

Elsewhere, Chinese swimmer Xu Yanwei won her fourth gold medal of the week. Her victory in the the women's 50 meters freestyle virtually ensures that China will finish on top of the swimming standings. China increased its lead over rival Japan to 16-11 with five more golds left to contest.

Other Chinese swimming golds Friday came from Yu Cheng in the men's 1,500 meters freestyle and Wu Peng in the men's 400-meters individual medley. Reiko Nakamura led a Japanese one-two finish in the women's 200 backstroke, edging teammate Aya Terakawa. Japan also won gold in the men's 4x100-meter medley relay.

Also, Uzbekistan won its first-ever Asian Games wrestling gold medal as Aleksei Cheglakov scored a 5-0 win over South Korean Park Myung-Suk in the Greco-Roman 96 kilo division final.

Malaysia, Vietnam and The Philippines won their first gold medals of the games.

Malaysians Wendy Chai and Sarah Yap captured the women's doubles bowling event, and teammate Ong Beng won gold in men's squash. Tran Dinhy Hoam of Vietnam won gold in the carom free ball billiards competition. And the first gold medal for The Philippines came from Rafael Nepomuceno and Rowen Jay Bautista, winning men's doubles bowling.

At the end of day-six, China had amassed 71 gold medals, ahead of Japan in second with 24 and South Korea third with 22.