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szdaily -> Sports -> 
Liu breaks 50m backstroke world record
    2018-08-22  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

LIU XIANG of China swam a world-record time of 26.98 seconds to win the women’s 50-meter backstroke gold medal last night at the Asian Games.

Liu has become the first woman to swim under 27 seconds in the event, breaking the mark of 27.06 set by fellow Chinese swimmer Zhao Jing at the 2009 world championships in Rome.

The 21-year-old Liu was a bronze medalist in the backstroke at the 2015 world championships and had a previous best time of 27.40.

Fu Yuanhui took silver in 27.68 in a 1-2 finish for China and Japan’s Natsumi Sakai, the 2017 world junior champion, took bronze in 27.91.

Fu won the 50 and 100 backstroke titles at the 2014 Asian Games, was world champion in the 50 backstroke in 2015 and picked an Olympic bronze in the 100 backstroke at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Meanwhile, the addition of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jordan Clarkson to the lineup wasn’t quite enough as Philippines lost 82-80 to China in a Group D basketball game at the Asian Games.

The U.S.-born Clarkson holds a Philippines passport and received last-minute permission from the NBA to play in the Asian Games, but missed the Philippines’ opening victory over Kazakhstan.

He had 28 points and helped his team take the lead in the fourth quarter before committing a foul that allowed China to take a two-point lead with seconds on the clock.

Paul Dalistan missed 3-point attempt with about five seconds left that could have won it for the Philippines.

Zhou Qi, the 2.17-meter Houston Rockets center, had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead a China squad containing two NBA players.

China faces Kazakhstan on Thursday.

Elsewhere, Guo Mengjiao won the fourth wushu gold medal for China at the Asian Games in women’s jianshu and qiangshu combined yesterday. Guo, a 22-year old player collected a total of 19.49 points to win the Asian Games champion in the event with 7 players competing for the title.

Kiani Zahra of Iran scored 19.41 to take the silver, and Duong Thuyvi of Vietnam got the bronze with 19.40 points.

Wu Zhaohua contributed the third gold for China by winning the men’s daoshu and gunshu combined.

Chinese have shown dominance on the sports they founded as Sun Peiyuan captured the first gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games from the men’s changquan Sunday and Tang Lu won the women’s nanquan and nandao combined Monday.

(SD-Xinhua)

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