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Taekwondo competitor disqualified from Asian Games

 China's Zhang Zishan swims his men's 200m Individual Medley heat, at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Ro...
 Competitors burst off the blocks during a men's 100m Freestyle heat, at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. (AP Photo...
 Philippines' Erica Cirila Totten swims her women's 800m Freestyle heat, at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. (AP Ph...
 China's Xiaodan Sun, center, kicks the ball as India's Milana Devi Waikhom, right, takes evasive action during the Sepak Takraw women's match at the ...

China Asian Games Swimming

China's Zhang Zishan swims his men's 200m Individual Medley heat, at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Ro...

China Asian Games Swimming

Competitors burst off the blocks during a men's 100m Freestyle heat, at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. (AP Photo...

China Asian Games Swimming

Philippines' Erica Cirila Totten swims her women's 800m Freestyle heat, at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. (AP Ph...

China Asian Games Sepak Takraw

China's Xiaodan Sun, center, kicks the ball as India's Milana Devi Waikhom, right, takes evasive action during the Sepak Takraw women's match at the ...

A judging controversy hit the combat sport of taekwondo at the Asian Games on Wednesday, and Olympic swim star Park Tae-hwan won his third gold medal of the event.
Yang Shu-chun of Taiwan, easily leading her under-49-kilogram match, was disqualified for using illegal sensors on the back heel of each shoe. A bemused and tearful Yang protested and slumped onto the mat, reluctant to leave.
Yang Jin-suk, secretary general of the World Taekwondo Federation, told a news conference that officials noticed in a pre-match inspection that Yang Shu-chun appeared to have one extra sensor and told her not to use them.
The judges noticed as the round progressed that she was using them, so disqualified her with 12 seconds remaining in the first round of her match. The 25-year-old Taiwanese competitor was leading Thi Hau Vu of Vietnam 9-0 at the time. Vu went on to win a bronze medal.
"The fact of the matter is while she was out there competing, and the sensors were there, that relates to the question of did she get that many points because of the sensors?" the WTF secretary-general told The Associated Press.
The sensors are necessary for the electronic scoring.
Park added the 100-meter freestyle to earlier golds in the 200 and 400. He had qualified fastest for the final and he will now attempt to add a fourth gold in the 1,500 on Thursday night.
Park, who won the 400 at the Beijing Games, lagged behind China's Lu Zhiwu after the first split but finished strongly in a time of 48.70 seconds. Park's strong showing in Guangzhou comes after he failed to qualify for the 400 free final at the world championships in Rome last year.
"I didn't even think about getting a medal before the race. I just wanted to be in the final because the Chinese and Japanese competitors are very strong," he said.
At the velodrome, paramedics rushed onto the track for the second consecutive day after a crash in the keirin final that knocked two men out of the race.
During Wednesday's crash, China's Zhang Lei fell to the track and Iran's Mohammad Parash was unable to stop and ran over Zhang, then flew off his bike. Paramedics put a neck brace on Parash and carried him off on a stretcher.
On Tuesday, five cyclists failed to finish a crash-marred women's points race. Wong Wan Yiu of Hong Kong, injured in the incident, completed the race and won silver despite injuring her arm and ribs. Another Hong Kong cyclist dislocated her shoulder.
Wong was feeling much better on Wednesday, but wasn't sure if she would compete in the mountain cycling events.
"It depends on my condition the next two days," Wong said. "I don't want to make my family worry about me."
Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia won gold in the crash-filled keirin race, Vladimir Tuychiev of Uzbekistan was first in the men's points race and China's Zhang Lei and Guo Shuang won the men's and women's sprints, respectively.
In gymnastics, China's Sui Lu won her fourth gold medal of the games in the floor exercise. She won the beam event earlier Wednesday to add to her titles in the team and all-around events.
Hwang Young-shik of South Korea, making his Asian Games debut, won the individual dressage gold medal, his second in the equestrian competition. Hwang led South Korea to the team dressage gold medal on Sunday.
China continued to add to its overwhelming number of gold medals, already moving to 97 after one-third of the competition at the games. South Korea was second with 29, while Japan had 17.


Updated : 2021-10-27 01:17 GMT+08:00