Asian Games: Su wins 100 m gold while sharpening Games record
Gemma Holliani Cahya
The Jakarta Post
Chinese sprinter Su Bingtian sharpened the Asian Games record as he snatched the gold medal of the most prestigious event the men’s 100 meter sprint at the 18th Asian Games in the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on Sunday.
Su – who won the gold medal for his country in the 4x100 m relay at the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games – clocked 9.92 seconds, ahead of Tosin Ogunode of Bahrain and Japan’s Ryota Yamagata, who both recorded 10.00 seconds.
Young Indonesian sprinter Lalu Muhammad Zohri finished seventh but managed to sharpen his personal best from 10.24 seconds in the semifinals to 10.20 seconds in the final.
Indonesian chef de mission Syafruddin said Zohri had performed extraordinarily, considering he was still a junior runner.
However, he said the result from the women's 100 m hurdles was below expectations. Indonesia's Emilia Nova took the silver medal in the discipline. "We had hoped she would get a gold medal," he said.
In the women’s 100 m, Edidiong Odiong representing Bahrain took the gold in 11.30 seconds. Odiong previously represented Nigeria at international level, but in 2014 she switched her citizenship to Bahrain ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Dutee Chand of India was second with 11.32 while China’s Wei Wongli was third with 11.33.
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