Asian Games: Qatar’s Femi Ogunode records in 100-metre race…


Qatar’s Femi Ogunode set a continental 100-meter record of 9.93 seconds at the Asian Games, firmly indicating his determination to contend for an Olympic podium appearance two years from now in Rio.

At the halfway mark of the 16-day competition, Japanese freestyle wrestler Saori Yoshida won her fourth consecutive Asian Games gold in the women’s 55-kilogram class, while in baseball defending champion South Korea downed Taiwan 6-3.

Regional sporting power China continued to dominate the medal table at the continental games, with 105 golds. Host South Korea was second with 42 golds followed by Japan with 34.

“I don’t even know what to say. I’m so grateful and happy,” said Ogunode, who has been training on his own in Doha without a coach for the last five months.

“I have confidence in myself, I can challenge anybody,” the 23-year-old former boxer said. “I see myself winning the Olympic gold.”

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