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Rider's death overshadows games competition at Doha

Rider's death overshadows games competition at Doha

The death of South Korean rider Kim Hyung-chil during the equestrian competition Thursday overshadowed the start of a rainy sixth day of competition at the Asian Games.
Kim, from Seoul, fell from his horse on jump No. 6 on the cross country stage of the three day eventing competition and was taken to hospital, Asian Games organizing committee spokesman Ahmed Abdulla Al Khulaifi said.
The organizing committee later confirmed the death of an equestrian athlete.
Reports said his horse, Bundaberg Black, got caught in an obstacle, throwing Kim and then rolling over him. Kim never regained consciousness and died shortly before noon local time.
Kim, a silver medalist in the three day team event at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, was the oldest member of South Korea's equestrian team at age 47.
The equestrian event was postponed.
The athletics program got under way with Han Yucheng of China shrugging off the wet conditions to win the first athletics gold medal of the games in the 20-kilometer walk.
Han, the 2003 Asian champion, did not collect a single warning on the way to his time of 1 hour, 21 minutes and 41 seconds, ahead of silver medalist Kim Hyun-sub in 1:23.12, who earned South Korea's first ever medal in the event. Japan's Koichiro Morioka took the bronze with a time of 1:23.17.
China's Liu Hong won the women's walk in 1:32:19, ahead of Ryoko Sakakura of Japan and He Dan of China.
The track and field program begins Friday at Khalifa Stadium.
Japan won the men's four rowing event and Shin Eun-chul took gold in the men's single sculls for South Korea to break up a Chinese sweep at the rowing
The Chinese rowers took gold in the men's and women's lightweight single sculls and the women's single sculls.
Thursday's men's team tennis final and the soft tennis event were delayed by the rain in this desert city. Organizers warned of expected transport delays due to wet weather.
This is the second day of rain disruptions after wet weather played havoc on the first day of competition.


Updated : 2021-10-23 17:02 GMT+08:00