Japan collects 48 golds at Asian Games
Mr. Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Sabah, the president of Olympic Council of Asia called as OCA closed the 16th Asian Games on November 28, 2010. The largest ever Asian Games ended successfully. The Games was held in Guanzhou, China. China did a very good job not only building a huge sports complex but also conducting the Games.
All Asian countries, 45 participating delegations in all, did their best and enjoyed the Games. China won 199 gold medals, Korea 76 and Japan 48, out of a total 477 gold medals.
Japan Swimming sent 29 swimmers (13 women and 16 men), seven divers (four women and three men), 13 players for the men's Water Polo and ten synchronised swimmers. As a result, Japan Swimming won nine gold medals compared to 16 at the last Games in 2006. The Japanese delegation was a little disappointed with this results but congratulated China, Korea, Singapore, Kazakhstan and the other countries for their success in the competition.
Japan's spearheads Takeshi Matsuda, Ryosuke Irie, Junya Koga, Yuya Horihata, Ken Takakuwa, Ryo Tateishi, Naoya Tomita and the team of the 4x100m medley all won a gold medal. Beside, two Japanese high school swimmers took part in the Games: Risa Sekine, 17, and Yuki Kobori, 17 too. They enjoyed their good races in the 200m freestyle for example. Japan's star Kosuke Kitajima did not swim in peak form due to a right shoulder injury.
The next Asian Games will be held in Incheon, South Korea, in 2014.
Now Japan gets ready for the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Dubai, UAE, starting December 15. Japan will send five women and six men, among which Ryosuke Irie and Naoya Tomita.