07/30/2012, 00.00
GREAT BRITAIN - ASIA

London 2012, China already tops medals table

After two days of competition, the children of the Dragon have won six golds, four silvers and two bronzes for a total of 12 medals. Followed by the U.S. and Italy. The shooter Yi Siling won the first medal to be won in the 30th edition, in the 10 meters air rifle competition. Beijing continues to dominate in diving.

London (AsiaNews) - The third day of competitions in the 30th edition of the Olympic Games, running from July 27 to August 12 in London, begins today. Topping the medals table thus far is China, which has to date collected six golds, four silvers and two bronzes for a total of 12 medals. In second place the United States, with three golds, five silvers and three bronze medals (11 medals in all), and somewhat surprising, on the lowest step of the podium the Italian national team with two golds, three silvers and two bronzes (a total of seven medals). Under the Sign of the Dragon, China has retained its stature as the strongest team as in the previous Olympics 2008 in Beijing.  In the last edition of the Games, in fact, the Chinese "war machine" came away with 51 golds, 21 silvers and 28 bronzes, for a total of 100 medals.

China has now become the main protagonist of the event, winning the first gold of the 30th edition of the Games. Architect of record, the shooter Yi Siling (pictured) who won the 10 meters air rifle competition with a score of 502.9. A merited success sealed in the final round with a score that never fell below 10 points. "My stability has helped me a lot," said the athlete after the competition. "I've been away from my family for over a year - she added - and now I miss them very much."

After winning seven of eight the gold medals at stake in Beijing 2008, China has confirmed the nation's lead in the diving in London. Yesterday, in fact, the couple He Zi and Wu Minxia defended their title in the three-meter synchronized springboard diving. It is the third Olympic victory for Wu, who won her first title in Athens in 2004 alongside Guo Jingjing.

Among the Chinese there is also Olympic champions Guo Wenjun, back in the competition after giving birth - just four months ago - to her son. She won in the women's 10 meters air pistol, as in 2008 in Beijing. "I was very nervous throughout the final," she said beaming after her Olympic double. "I told myself to calm down and tried to stay focused."


Other Asian countries that have scored up a victory so far in the London 2012 Olympics are Kazakhstan, South Korea and North Korea, mindful of mistakes made at the inaugural football game (see AsiaNews 26/07/2012 London 2012 Olympic gaffe: South Korean flag displayed for Pyongyang event), this time at the awards ceremony the organizers made no mistake in the flags displayed alongside the athletes of both countries.

 

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