Asian Games 2018: China's Sun Peiyuan wins first gold medal

Jakarta, Indonesia Published: Aug 19, 2018, 02:29 PM(IST)

Gold medallist China's Sun Peiyuan celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's changquan event at the wushu competition during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. Photograph:( AFP )

Chinese wushu athlete Sun Peiyuan won the first gold medal of the Asian Games as the Olympic heavyweights made a fast start in their quest to top the medals table on Sunday.

The 28-year-old Sun scored 9.75 to win the men's changquan category of the Chinese martial art, denying hosts Indonesia the Games' opening title as he edged Edgar Xavier Marvelo into second place.

China snared 151 gold medals at the 2014 Games in Incheon, nearly double the total of home nation South Korea, as they extended their record of topping the table at each edition of the regional Olympics since 1982.

Taiwan's Tsai Tsemin took the first bronze of the Games as the two-week, 40-sport competition got underway in Jakarta and Palembang, a port city on Sumatra island.

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