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13 Dec 2018
China’s ‘King of Backstroke’ settles for silver

Hangzhou, China, December 12, 2018: China’s “King of Backstroke” Xu Jiayu will have to wait a little longer before he joins short-course swimming royalty.

The 23-year-old Xu, who is a serial champion in the 50-metre pool, could finish only second in the men’s 100m backstroke on the second night of the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) on Wednesday.

Ryan Murphy of the USA won the gold medal in 49.23 seconds and Xu was second....

13 Dec 2018
China NOC opens office in Lausanne

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 13, 2018: The Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) inaugurated its new offices in Lausanne, Switzerland on December 7 with the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 just around the corner.

The ceremony saw IOC President Thomas Bach, IOC Vice President Yu Zaiqing and Gou Zhongwen, the President of the COC and Executive President of Beijing 2022, officially open the offices along with Li Lingwei, IOC member in China and V....

12 Dec 2018
Vietnam’s Anh Vien plans ‘hard, hard, hard’ work for next Asian Games

Hangzhou, China, December 11, 2018: The mighty leap from South East Asian swimming star to Asian Games medal-winner proved to be beyond Vietnam’s Nguyen Ahn Vien in Jakarta this year.

“No medal – it was very terrible for me,” said Anh Vien, who is known as the “Little Mermaid” back home in Vietnam, at the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Hangzhou on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old swimmer had just competed in the women’s 400....

12 Dec 2018
Kazakhstan medal winners at YOG rewarded

Astana, Kazakhstan, December 12, 2018: Medal winners at the 3rd Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in October were presented with cash awards by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan NOC President Timur Kulibayev and Minister of Culture and Sport Arystanbek Mukhamediuly attended a ceremony in Astana honouring champions and medal winners at the Summer YOG.

The Kazakhstan Government awarded US$10,000 for gold medal....

12 Dec 2018
Japanese joy on Hangzhou opening night

Hangzhou, China, December 11, 2018: Japan’s Daiya Seto set a new world record on the opening night of the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Hangzhou on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old Olympian clocked a sizzling 1 minute 48.24 seconds in the final of the men’s 200m butterfly to break the five-year-old short-course mark of 1:48.56 set by Chad le Clos of South Africa at Singapore in 2013.

Swimming on the inside lane, le Clos push....

12 Dec 2018
Schooling Effect’ still strong in Singapore

Hangzhou, China, December 12, 2018: Singapore swimming is still benefiting from the so-called “Schooling Effect” over two years after the history-making gold medal of Joseph Schooling at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

“I admire him a lot; I look up to him,” said Ardi Azman, who, at 15 years of age, is one of Singapore’s up-and-coming generation.

“I remember the first time I saw him on TV at the South East Asian Games in 2011. In the 200 ....

12 Dec 2018
Silva wins first ever World Rowing Award for Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka, December 12, 2018: Amidu Silva, a top chemical engineering student from the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka, became the first Asian to win a major international rowing award when he was awarded the 2018 Filippi Spirit Award at the World Rowing Awards recently.

The Filippi Spirit Award is awarded to a University student who demonstrates the core values of rowing in their academic and sporting life, while inspiring succe....

12 Dec 2018
Iran hold coaching clinic for female coaches

Tehran, Iran, December 12, 2018: Thirty female participants took part in a week-long Level II International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Coaches Course organised by the Iran Volleyball Federation.

The seven days course was headed by FIVB instructor Dr. Khosrow Ebrahim, who conducted both theoretical and practical sessions for the 30 female volleyball coaches.

“The goal is to provide the participants with the latest information in the ....

11 Dec 2018
Mongolia’s Batbayar earns early birthday gift with new personal best

Hangzhou, China, December 11, 2018: Mongolians are famous for their strength and power in the traditional Olympic sports of wrestling and judo.

But Enkhkhuslen Batbayar displayed a more graceful touch by showing her prowess in the pool on Tuesday, swimming to victory in her heat of the women’s 200m freestyle at the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Hangzhou.

Batbayar, who will celebrate her 17th birthday on Friday, Dec....

11 Dec 2018
China’s World Cup ended by France

Odisha, India, December 10, 2018: China’s debut appearance at the Hockey Men’s World Cup ended with France pipping them 1-0 in a cross-over match to secure a place in the last eight on Monday in Bhubaneswar.

France eked out a narrow win with the lone goal in the match coming in the 36th minute from the stick of Timothee Clement. China, down to nine men in the final minutes of the encounter, had two chances to draw level but failed to convert ....

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