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China's Liu Chunhua clinches gold in women's javelin at Asian championships

2009-11-13 08:44 BJT

GUANGZHOU, South China, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- China's Liu Chunhua clinched the women's javelin gold Thursday at the Asian championships.

The women's javelin final put on a very close tussle among the leading three athletes in Asia, Liu, the recent Chinese National Games gold medalist, her compatriot Li Lingwei and Janpen's Yuki Ebihara, especially between Liu and Ebihara both of whom have personal best over 60m.

Liu led with a 52.81m after round one, with Li coming close in 52.71m. Liu then progressed to an overwhelming 57.93m in round three, which cemented her title.

Ebihara, bronze medalist at the 2006 Doha Asian Games, however, got off to a slow start and posted a below-par mark of only 47.03m, more than 13 meters shorter than her personal and season best of 60.84m.

Li placed second with 55.13m and South Korea's Kim Kyong-Ae gota bronze with 52.78m.

"I am happy with the win but I am not quite satisfied with today's performance," said Liu, referring to her personal and seasonal best of 60.65m, a world-level result she made at recent Chinese National Games.

"The rain disturbed my performance today and I am wet all over," said Liu. "My next goal is to be the top eight in London Olympics. I will fight hard for that."

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Editor: Du Xiaodan | Source: Xinhua