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China smash past 150-mark
  
(来源:英语学习门户 http://www.EnglishCN.com)

China smashed through the 150 gold medal mark at the 15th Asian Games on Friday, beating their total from the 2002 Games in Pusan with two days to go.

Yuan Xiaochao claimed their 151st gold in the martial art wushu to better their 2002 total and continued racking up the golds.

The world's most populous nation leads the medals table by some distance - second-placed South Korea are more than 100 behind.

Midway through the 13th day of competition the Chinese had amassed 160 golds. The Koreans had 53.

China are still way off their Games record of 183, which they won on home soil in Beijing 16 years ago.

They have plenty of opportunity to add to their haul later on Thursday, however, with Chinese athletes continuing to dominate in Doha.

The Chinese can win their first Asian Games hockey gold when their men take on defending champions South Korea as the sport in Asia undergoes a radical shift in power.

China have never featured strongly in hockey but their drive to succeed in all sports with the Beijing Olympics looming in 2008 has sparked radical progress.

"We have practised a lot of technical moves...we have been preparing for two years," Chinese captain Song Yi said.

Stunning recovery

China's women's basketball team head into the final as hot favourites to beat Taiwan and claim their second successive Asian Games title.

Both teams are unbeaten.

"We are not as good as them but in every game we play against them we try out different methods. Our team's defence is getting better," said Taiwan coach Lin Hung Ling Yao.

Fresh from her victory in the women's tennis singles, Zheng Jie claimed her second gold medal when she partnered Yan Zi in the women's doubles final at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.

The Chinese top seeds beat Taiwan's Chan Yung Jan and Chuang Chia Jung 6-1 7-6.

"This is the final so we were a little bit nervous, but we were able to keep up. It was a tight game," Yan admitted.

China did not have it all their way, however.

Taiwan staged a stunning recovery to shock them 10-7 in a softball thriller and qualify for the gold medal game against Japan later on Thursday.

"Small cerebral mistakes at the highest level of play really hurt you," Chinese coach Michael Bastian said. "We need to get a lot tougher."

 

 
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