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Yuan Xiaochao wins first gold of Asian Games

China’s Wushu star Yuan Xiaochao captured the first gold medal at the Guangzhou Asian Games for the host country in the men’s Changquan form on Saturday.

The defending champion Yuan, 22, impressed the judges and audiences with acrobatic, swift moves to snatch the gold medal with 9.78 points.

Japan’s Daisuke Ichikizakitook the silver with 9.72 and Iran’s Peyghambari Ehsan claimed the bronze with 9.70 points. “I know my parents must be watching me now through the live broadcast, and I hope they will be healthy,” said Yuan.

More than 150 athletes will compete for 15 gold medals in Wushu, a full contact sport derived from Chinese martial art. The Chinese, who founded the sport, are seen as favourites in the 10 events they will participate.

The sport comprises Taolu (set routines), and Sanshou boxing (free sparring). Changquan form, or long fist boxing, featuring imitations of animal moves, is the basic and main style of modern Wushu, mostly performed in north China.

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