Asian Games (athletics) – Japan bags gold in mens 50km race walk

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Japanese racewalker Katsuki Hayato bagged a gold medal in the mens 50 kilometers (km) race walk, with a record time of 4:03:30, at the 18th Asian Games here on Thursday morning.

The silver medal was won by Chinas Wang Qin, while the bronze medal was bagged by South Koreas Hyunmyeong Joo, with records of 4:06:48 and 4:10:21 respectively.

Park Chilsung of South Korea and Sandeep Kumar of India were disqualified from the race that took the route starting from and ending at the Gelora Bung Karno Madya Stadium.

Indonesia is hosting the Asian Games for the second time this year after Jakarta was selected as the venue for the Asian sporting event in 1962.

This year, Jakarta and Palembang are co-hosting the games from Aug 18 to Sept 2. By virtue of its hosting the 2018 games, the country aims to secure a place among the top 10 largest sporting events.

At this worlds second-biggest multi-sport event after the Olympics, some 15 thousand athletes from 45 countries are competing in 462 events across 40 sports, of which 32 are Olympic sports.

The Olympic sports are Aquatics, Athletics, Fencing, Weightlifting, Basketball, Handball, Badminton, Baseball/Softball, Cycling, Equestrian, Golf, Wrestling, Hockey, Judo, Karate, Canoeing and Kayaking, Sailing, Shooting, Modern Pentathlon, Archery, Sport Climbing, Rowing, Rugby, Gymnastics, Roller Skating, Football, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Boxing, Triathlon, and Volleyball.

The non-Olympic sports are Bowling; Bridge; Cricket; Kabaddi; Martial Arts, including Jujitsu, Kurash, Pencak Silat, Sambo, and Wushu; Mechanical Sports, such as Paragliding and Jet Skiing; Squash; and Sepak Takraw.

As of Wednesday at 10 p.m. local time, Indonesia had bagged 30 gold medals, 22 silver medals, and 36 bronze medals, thereby placing it on the top four in the temporary medal tally behind China (102-67-50), Japan (51-47-63), and South Korea (37-42-50).

Source: ANTARA News