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China and South Korea gunfight rages on in Guangzhou

November 15, 2010 19:40 IST

China and South Korea's ferocious gunfight at the 2010 Asian Games continued on Monday, the two rivals hogging all eight titles in the Aoti Shooting Hall in Guangzhou.

After dominating the opening day with five victories in six events, China were eclipsed on Sunday by the South Korean guns who swept all four golds in the 10 metres air pistol.

The wake-up call sharpened the Chinese aim in the rifle prone and rapid fire pistol competitions on Monday as they emerged with five golds to three by South Korea.

The Chinese now have 10 golds to the eight of their rivals.

"We have experienced ups and downs for these few days but it's a good thing the lack of golds yesterday gave us an alarm call ahead of the 2012 London Olympics," said China coach Wang Yifu.

The rest of the continent were left scrabbling for minor medals in Guangzhou, Kazakhstan enjoying the biggest share with two silvers and a bronze.

The Chinese women claimed the 50 metres rifle prone and running target titles and the men took the 25 metres rapid fire pistol event.

Li Yuehong, who won bronze at the world championships in Munich this year, lifted the men's individual gold crown in the 25 metres rapid fire pistol to extend China's reign in the discipline to a fourth consecutive Games.

The loss of the 50 metres rifle prone title to the South Korean men's team proved difficult to swallow for the perfectionist Chinese as they wore grave expressions on the medal podium.

South Korea's Kim Hak-man picked up the men's 50 metres rifle prone gold.

China's Olympic 10 metres air pistol champion Pang Wei leaves the tournament empty-handed and might have some explaining to do to his wife Du Li, a double Olympic champion shooter, when he gets home.

"I only got two silver medals in the team competition but Du Li with two Olympic golds will not laugh at me. We always encourage each other," Pang said.

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