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    » 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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    01/08/2012 GREAT BRITAIN - ASIA
    London 2012, eight Asian Badminton players under investigation for "lack of commitment"
    The female athletes whistled by audience and reprimanded by referee, are now under investigation by the Federation. They come from South Korea (two couples), China and Indonesia. The 16 year old Ye Shiwen of China also wins 200 medley; wrath of bloggers for the "shameful" allegations of doping against her. The American Phelps becomes a legend, with the 19th Olympic medal.

    03/08/2012 GREAT BRITAIN - CHINA
    London 2012: to lead in medals table, China "claims" two Kazakh golds
    Maiya Maneza and Zulfia Chinshanlo, ethnic Dungan, were born in Chinese territory but compete for Kazakhstan since 2007. Astana accuses Beijing of "poor sportsmanship". For China, sporting triumphs have political value to promote nationalist sentiment. It exploits the athletes, and later leaves them in abject poverty as was the case for Zhang Shangwu.

    25/07/2012 CHINA - GREAT BRITAIN
    London 2012: Olympic merchandise made by overexploiting Chinese workers
    A Hong Kong-based group releases findings of interviews with dozens of workers. Daily wages are less than US$ 10, but working hours are three times the legal limit. Working conditions are poor and security is nil. Workers lose half a day's wages if they are 5 minutes late. Group appeals to the IOC for a code of conduct for companies involved in the Olympic Games.

    13/08/2012 GREAT BRITAIN - ASIA
    London 2012: US overtakes China as top medal winner
    The 30th Olympiad is history. The official handover was made to Rio de Janeiro, host city of the 2016 Games. After its triumph in 2008, China takes second place, as Chinese media complain about unfair treatment. Amid competitions and records, faith (Bolt and Farah) wins over British relativism.

    18/01/2008 CHINA – GREAT BRITAIN
    London seeks new investments from Beijing
    Premier Brown aims to increase China-Britain trade by 30%. Pressure on human rights and issues of world politics.



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