JAKARTA (Rahnuma): Tang Lu won the second Wushu gold medal for China at the 2018 Asian Games in women’s nanquan and nandao combined here on Monday.
Tang, a 28 year-old veteran collected a total of 19.49 points to win the Asian Games championship title in the event with 12 players competing.
Darya Latisheva of Uzbekistan scored 19.29 to take silver, while bronze went to Yuen Ka Ying of Hong Kong, China with 19.27 points.
China has shown dominance in the sport it founded as Sun Peiyuan captured the first gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games from the men’s changquan on Sunday.
Wushu was first incorporated into the Asian Games in 1990. The sport comprises Taolu and Sanda. Changquan, or long fist boxing, featuring imitations of animal moves, is the basic and main style of modern Wushu, mostly being performed in north China.
More than 220 athletes will compete for 14 gold medals in Wushu at this Asiad, a full contact sport derived from the Chinese martial art. The Chinese are seen as the favorites in the 13 events in which they are participating, with China having won 53 of the possible 75 gold medals in wushu at the Asian Games.
The 18th Asiad include 465 events out of 40 sports, among which 330 events from 32 sports will feature in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 2018 Asian Games, which have attracted more than 10,000 athletes, will run through September 2.