Tue. Dec 5th, 2023

E-sports League of Legends South Korean nationwide workforce participant Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok (R) walks previous supporters throughout a fan assembly occasion forward of the upcoming Asian Video games in Gwangmyeong on September 11, 2023. (Picture by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

A number of the most interesting opponents on the planet can be in motion on the Asian Video games from Saturday till October 8.

AFP Sports activities picks out eight athletes to observe in Hangzhou.

Mutaz Essa Barshim (excessive soar, QATAR)

Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim competes within the males’s excessive soar closing in the course of the Diamond League athletics assembly at Stadion Letzigrund stadium in Zurich on August 31, 2023. (Picture by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

Excessive jumper Barshim is the reigning Olympic champion — he famously shared gold with Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi on the Tokyo Video games — and is chasing a 3rd Asian Video games gold.

The Doha-born 32-year-old has additionally gained each medal on the World Championships, three of them gold. Additionally holds the Asian high-jump document.

Neeraj Chopra (javelin, INDIA)

India’s Neeraj Chopra competes within the males’s javelin throw closing in the course of the Diamond League athletics assembly at Stadion Letzigrund stadium in Zurich on August 31, 2023. (Picture by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

The 25-year-old made historical past on the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics in 2021 when his victory in javelin made him the primary Indian in historical past to win an athletics gold.

He adopted that up with gold on the latest World Championships in Budapest and so grew to become the undisputed grasp of males’s javelin. Additionally the reigning Asian Video games champion.

Faker (eSports, KOREA)

E-sports League of Legends South Korean nationwide workforce participant Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok (R) walks previous supporters throughout a fan assembly occasion forward of the upcoming Asian Video games in Gwangmyeong on September 11, 2023. (Picture by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok is a legendary determine in eSports and extensively acknowledged to be the very best League of Legends participant of all time.

Added to the inducement to win Video games gold for him and his South Korean teammates is the truth that doing so may also exempt them from having to do navy service again residence.

Rikako Ikee (swimming, JAPAN)

Japan’s Rikako Ikee reacts after competing in a semi-final warmth of the ladies’s 50m butterfly swimming occasion in the course of the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka on July 28, 2023. (Picture by Yuichi YAMAZAKI / AFP)

Ikee grew to become the primary swimmer to win six golds at a single Asian Video games in Jakarta 2018, however months later revealed that she had leukemia.

Now 23, she overcame her sickness to race for Japan’s relay workforce at her residence Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and has additionally competed at world championships since her return.

Qin Haiyang (swimming, CHINA)

Gold medalist China’s Qin Haiyang poses in the course of the medals ceremony for the boys’s 200m breaststroke swimming occasion in the course of the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka on July 28, 2023. (Picture by Philip FONG / AFP)

Qin introduced himself as the brand new undisputed breaststroke king on the latest world championships, sweeping all three distances — 50m, 100m and 200m — and setting a brand new world document within the 200m.

The 24-year-old was competing in his first worldwide occasion however he blew the competitors away, setting new Asian information in every of his three races.

Zheng Qinwen (tennis, CHINA)

China’s Zheng Qinwen celebrates after victory in opposition to Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in the course of the US Open tennis event ladies’s singles spherical of 16 match on the USTA Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Heart in New York Metropolis, on September 4, 2023. (Picture by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

Contemporary from reaching the quarter-finals of the US Open, the 20-year-old Zheng is now strongly fancied for Asian Video games gold so as to add to her fast-growing world fame.

At twenty second on the planet, Zheng is the highest-ranked ladies’s tennis participant in Hangzhou and gained her maiden WTA Tour title this yr. Named WTA Newcomer of the 12 months in 2022.

Yin Ruoning (golf, CHN)

Ruoning Yin of China performs her shot from the fifth tee in the course of the first spherical of the Kroger Queen Metropolis Championship introduced by P&G at Kenwood Nation Membership on September 07, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dylan Buell/Getty Pictures/AFP

The 20-year-old Yin earlier this month grew to become solely the second Chinese language golfer in historical past, after Feng Shanshan, to achieve primary on the planet.

Yin will workforce up with trailblazer Feng in Hangzhou as a result of the now-retired Feng, who topped the rankings from November 2017 to April 2018, is head coach of the Chinese language workforce.

An Se-young (badminton, KOREA)

South Korea’s An Se-young poses after successful the ladies’s singles closing match in opposition to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi on the China Open Badminton event in Changzhou, in China’s jap Jiangsu Province on September 10, 2023. (Picture by AFP) / China OUT

The 21-year-old has had a startling yr, successful 9 titles and rising to world primary for the primary time. In August she grew to become world champion.

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The competitors on the Asian Video games can be fierce, nonetheless, with deposed former world primary Akane Yamaguchi of Japan and a clutch of Chinese language gamers all difficult.

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