Taiwan takes lead in Asiad gold tally

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Taiwan's Lin Yingshin and Lu Shaochuan in action in the rifle event of the 18th Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia, Sunday, 19 August 2018. (s.Republika)

PALEMBANG, Indonesia — Taiwanese teenager Lin Yingshin and teammate Lu Shaochuan scored a narrow victory over bitter rivals China at the shooting range of the Asian Games on Sunday.

The finals venue for the 10m air rifle mixed team event in Palembang, which is co-hosting the Games with Jakarta, was standing room only as 19-year-old Lin and 21-year-old Lu brought the victory home.

The pair, ranked second and ninth in the world respectively, managed to keep their calm to beat their Chinese counterparts, world number three 20-year-old Zhao Ruozhu and 22-year-old Yang Haoran.

Lu told reporters afterwards that the win came as a total surprise following an under-par display in the qualifying round.

“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “I wanted to give up but I cheered up again once I reached the final…I’m very happy.”

India came away with bronze as the last to be eliminated in a tense battle requiring high levels of concentration to block out the blaring pop music and cheers and cries from the onlookers.

China is the dominant force at the Asian Games after topping the medal table in every edition of the Regional Olympics since 1982.

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