Kazakh team wins multiple medals at Asian Games
Kazakhstan finished third in the medals table at the third Asian Indoor Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, which were held from Oct. 30 to Nov. 8. Uzbekistan finished tenth, while Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, which took one silver and one bronze respectively, finished 31st and 32nd.
More than 2,500 athletes from 43 Asian countries competed in 27 different sports.
China topped the medals table with 48 gold, 25 silver and 19 bronze medals, while Vietnam came second (42-30-22). Kazakhstan finished third (21-16-21), just ahead of Thailand and Iran.
Kazakh athletes won more medals than their rivals in some sports. They were unequalled in track-and-field athletics and swimming, where they won 14 and 27 medals respectively.
Outstanding individual success was achieved by the Asian long jump record-holder, Olga Rypakova (two gold medals), former short course world champion swimmer Vladislav Polyakov (three gold), swimmer Stanislav Kuzmin (three gold) and swimmer Anastasiya Prilepa (two gold). Kazakh athletes won medals in ten of the 11 sports competed in, lacking only a medal in bowling.
Uzbekistan excelled in kurash, athletics, swimming, Thai boxing, pencak silat, chess, computer games and futsal. Its athletes won five gold, nine silver and ten bronze medals. Their combined haul of 24 medals put their country in tenth place in the medals table.
Tajikistan finished 31st thanks to a kurash silver won by Parviz Sobirov in the 90kg category. Kyrgyzstan shared 32nd place with Lebanon and Bangladesh. Its only medal, a bronze, was won by rumba dancers Aleksei Kibkalo and Viktoria Kachalko in dancing.
As soon as the Asian Games were concluded, some athletes headed off to the Chinese city of Guangzhou to compete in the 18th Asian Athletics Championships, which began on Nov. 10.
[Vaigoc2009.com, CA-News.org, Sports.kz, UzA.uz, Khovar.tj, 24.kg]