Sunday, October 26, 2008

Mohmmad Saleh Goes 2-for-2 at Asian Beach Games

Beijing Olympic 10K swimmer Mohammad Saleh of Syria won his second gold medal in the 10K marathon swim at the Asian Beach Games in Bali, Indonesia.

Mohammad comfortably won in 2:03:58.1 over Yinhan Li of China (2:06:35.8) and Maximillian Manurung of Indonesia (2:10:52.7).

Manurung's bronze-medal performance helped energize the crowds on the beach and solidify Indonesia's title as the overall champions in the first Asian Beach Games with 22 gold, 8 silver and 19 bronze medals.

Indonesia's President Yuhoyono hailed the achievement and said the Games were a success for the 1,600 athletes from 43 countries who participated.

On the women's side, China's Xue Li and Yanqiao Fang turned the tables on Natasha Tang Wing Yung of Hong Kong. Li, who took 35th at the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Championships, won in a great race over her fellow teammate and Olympic 10K swimmer Fang, 2:09:21.1 to 2:09:21.9. Tang finished a distant third in 2:12:49.7 after winning the 5K the day before.

Due to the size of the fields, the men's and women's race started together at Sanur Beach in Bali. The water conditions were generally calm under overcast skies, but the temperatures soared towards the end of the races.

Photos, race results and the race summary were provided by FINA Technical Delegate Dennis Miller.

Upper photo shows the men's awards ceremonies and the lower photo shows the women's medal ceremonies.

Men's Results:
GOLD: Mohammad Saleh (SYR), 2:03:58.1
SILVER: Yinhan Li (CHN), 2:06:35.8
BRONZE: Maximillian Manurung (IND), 2:10:52.7
4th: Guruh Kurniawan (INA), 2:11:23.4
5th: Tin Yu Ling (HKG), 2:13:00.8
6th: Huy Tran Duc (VIE), 2:13:01.5
7th: Wenchao Xu (CHN), 2:13:37.3
8th: Nikita Dacera (PHI), 2:17:08.5
9th: Siu Hang Cheung (HKG), 2:17:16.0
10th: Aiman Talib Al-Qasimi (OMA), 2:20:05.0
11th: Khalid Al-Kulaibi (OMA), 2:24:41.9
12th: Hussain AlHassan (SYR), 2:24:43.6
13th: A. Al-Marzooqi (QAT), 2:28:09.6
14th: Abbas Qali (KUW), 2:37:37.6
DSQ: Kiefer Ticao (PHI)
DSQ: Mandar Anandrao (IND)

Women's Results:
GOLD: Xue Li (CHN), 2:09:21.1
SILVER: Yanqiao Fang (CHN), 2:09:21.9
BRONZE: Natasha Tang Wing Yung (HKG), 2:12:49.7
4th: Oanh Nguyen Thi Kim (VIE), 2:22:33.9
5th: Wing Yue Cheng (HKG), 2:26:47.8
6th: Yessy V Yosaputra (INA), 2:31:35.3
7th: Arati Ghorpade (IND), 2:38:44.4
8th: Inggrit Defanny (INA), 2:38.44.5
9th: Song Hui Han (PRK), 2:43:55.3
DNF: Paula Abigail Vega (PHI)
DNF: Marvie Borja (PHI)
DNF: L. Adikaram Mudiyanselage (SRI)

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