Sri Lanka finish in 17th position
Sri Lanka finished 17th, bagging two bronze medals while China and
Thailand swept away most of the gold medals, placing first and second
respectively when the third edition of the Asian Beach Games were
wrapped up last evening.
The menís and womenís beach kabaddi teams were the successful medal
hunters for Sri Lanka, when both teams reached the semi-finals in their
Indian women won the beach kabaddi crown of Asia when they beat
Thailand 54-25 in the final held yesterday. Iran, who were nowhere near
a medal in beach kabaddi three years earlier, outplayed kabaddi
specialists Pakistan 39-33, in a close battle.
Thirty six out of 160 Chinese athletes succeeded in adding medals to
Chinese medal count which included 14 gold medals, 10 silver and 12
bronze medals. Thailand were head to head with the Asian giants, China
and were leading the points table on Thursday. But the Chinese uprising
could not be hampered and Thailand were dragged to the second slot of
the medals table with 13 gold medals, nine silver medals and six bronze,
making a total of 28 medals.
The third edition of the Asian Beach games marked the highest
participation in a beach sports event, with more than 2,000 athletes
gathering at China?s eastern seaside city of Haiyang.
Athletes from 43 out of 45 Asian countries competed in the event that
attracted thousands of spectators to the newly built garden-like city.
Afghanistan won the beach basketball final, defeating Turkmenistan
16-9 while Mongolia won the bronze, beating Bangladesh.
Qatar beat Bahrain 2-0 and bagged the mens beach handball title while
Pakistan won the bronze medal when they beat Oman 2-1. China won the
womenís event, beating Chinese Taipei 2-0 in the final and Vietnam beat
Thailand to bag the bronze medal.
A colourful closing ceremony was held near the Haiyang beach where
thousands of lights and laser shows added colour.
The next Asian Beach Games will be hosted by Thailand in 2014.