Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan win 2 Asian Game golds

GUANGZHOU, China – Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan both showed well in medal events November 23, just four days before the 2010 Asian Games draw to a close.

Guzel Khubbiyeva, 34, won silver for Uzbekistan in a thrilling women’s 100m dash November 23 (11.34 seconds), just 0.01 second behind Japanese gold medallist Chisato Fukushima.

Her national teammates, Yuliya Tarasova and Dilshod Mansurov, found more success, winning gold in the Women’s Heptathlon and Men’s Freestyle 55kg wrestling, respectively.

Uzbekistan also won two silvers in Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles Tennis and a bronze in Women’s Long Jump. Uzbekistan now has 35 medals (five gold).

Kazakhstan took gold in Women’s Rugby and, while Nurmakhan Tinaliyev earned the country a gold in Men’s Greco-Roman 120kg Wrestling. Kazakhstan also won a silver in Women’s Long Jump and bronzes in Men’s High Jump, Women’s Team Modern Pentathlon and Men’s Freestyle 60kg Wrestling. Kazakhstan leads all Central Asian countries with 47 medals (seven gold).

Tajikistan’s Murodjon Tuychiyev won bronze in the same event as Tinaliyev. Tajikistan now has three medals (one gold).

Pakistan defeated South Korea 4-3 in the men’s hockey semi-final November 23.

Pakistani goalkeeper Salman Akbar saved the last shot of a penalty shoot-out against South Korea paving the way for his team to reach the final, Jang reported.

Both teams scored one goal each in regulation and 15 minutes of extra time in the semi-final at the Aoti Hockey Centre.

The first five penalty shots also produced a 3-3 deadlock, so the match was decided in sudden death.

Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan remain tied at four medals (one gold) each. Afghanistan has one silver and one bronze.

China leads the medal count with 329 total (165 gold).