The Chinese team broke another world record Thursday at the Asian Games, where one South Asia journalist remarked, "I get the feeling I'm watching the Chinese National Games."
The Chinese drove up their total for five days of competition to 80 golds by winning all four events in the first day of track and field. They also picked up five in swimming, five in shooting and one each in tennis, table tennis, cycling, weightlifting and women's foil team fencing.Within the Chinese squad, the women took much of the spotlight as Zhou Lingmei broke a world record in cycling, and triple gold medalist Lin Li won the 200-meter individual medley in swimming in the world's best time this year.
The Chinese also produced the Games' first quadruple gold medal winners - two swimmers - and rolled up 1-2 sweeps in track and field, where they are expected to harvest most of the remaining 40 golds.
Zhou won the women's one-kilometer time trial cycling in 1 minute 13.899 seconds, breaking the world mark of 1:14.249 set in 1984 by Erika Salumyae of the Soviet Union. Her average speed was 30.45 mph.
Only Japan's Akemi Matsumo presented a threat to China in the track and field events. But she was beaten on the last lap of the women's 10,000 meters by Zhong Huandi, who won the race, and Wang Xiuting, who took the silver.
Zhong upset her Asian record-holding teammate and set a Games record of 31:50.98.
China's Bi Zhong hurled the hammer 233-feet-11 for a gold medal and a Games record. Another Games record fell in the women's long jump, with Xiong Qiying leaping 21-111/2.
Shen Jianqiang became the Games' first quadruple gold winner and also laid solid claim to being Asia's fastest swimming sprinter. With the 100-meter freestyle among his earlier medals, he also grabbed the 50 meters, a new event, which meant his 22.99 time automatically became a Games record.
Zhuang Yong got her fourth gold by anchoring the women's 400-meter medley relay, which finished in 4:11.74, well ahead of Japan's 4:15.66.
North Korea was expelled from the Asian Games boxing tournament Friday and its boxers were ordered to leave the Games village over a melee the previous night in which North Korean boxing coaches attacked a referee, officials said.
It was the first sports-related incident of the 11th Asian Games.