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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.