MACAU – Japan’s Yuki Nakamura won the 10,000-meters to give Japan its only track and field gold as China continued its domination at the East Asian Games on Tuesday.
at the East Asian Games in Macau.
Nakamura beat South Korean Lee Du Haeng by the narrowest of margins in a race that only three runners competed in but Japan have a meager return of just three gold medals after four days of the nine-day games, two of them coming in a non-Olympic event.
“All I knew was that I had to get the gold,” said Nakamura, whose win in a time of 31 minutes, 59.69 seconds was followed by another gold medal for Japan in the women’s soft tennis event.
Harumi Gyokusen and Ayumi Ueshima defeated Kim Kyungry Un and and Lee Kyung Pyo in the doubles to add to the women’s team gold Japan collected on Monday.
China, whose contingent boasts at least 10 Olympic champions, captured eight of the nine gold medals in track and field and is the runaway leader at the top of the gold medal standings with 48.
Japan, meanwhile, whose Olympic champions are not competing here, sit in fourth behind host Macao (7) and South Korea (5).
Hiromi Ominami clocked 32.36.62 to take the silver medal in the women’s 10,000 and Shingo Kawabata won the men’s 100 meters silver in 10.54, while there was also a silver for women’s shot putter Yoko Toyonaga.
Diver Ryoko Nishii collected her third medal of the games after partnering Misako Yamashita to the silver in the women’s 3-meter synchronized springboard final. Ken Terauchi and Yoshihiro won the bronze in the men’s event.
Yuka Murofushi, the younger sister of Olympic hammer throw gold medalist Koji Murofushi, won the women’s hammer bronze.
On the sidelines of the competition, North Korea and South Korea agreed to field a united team for the 2006 Asian Games in Doha and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
They said the two sides would discuss how to form the team in the North Korean border city of Kaeson on Dec. 7.
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