Tournament favorite China wins Asian Games 2014 with a record 151 golds.
The Asian Games are often seen as a precursor to the Olympic Games and China has reason to celebrate as they won the Asian Games 2014 in Incheon by a massive margin over their competitors. China breached the 150 gold medal mark as their medal tally went up to a total of 342 with 151 gold among them.
Trailing behind by over a 100 medals was the host nation of South Korea with 234 medals. In third place was Japan with 200 medals. This momentum will be crucial for China as they go in to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games that will be held in Rio Di Janeiro.
China could not better their 2010 Asian Games performance where they won a record 199 golds in the overall 416 medals they won. Critics have often argued that China have been great performers at sporting events like the Asian Games and Olympics only due to its mere population size.
In response to this, a Detroit Free Press writer, Niraj Warikoo tweeted, “At the Asian Games, China wins 131 gold medals, India wins 7. Both have roughly the same population size.”
Although it was not all fun and games for China as one of their gold medalists was stripped of her medal after failing a dope test. Hammer throw athlete Zhang Wenxui had set a Games record after throwing a distance of 77.33m, but the record was revoked after the failed dope test.
The competition between Team USA and Team China has always been at the forefront of every Olympic Games and the two countries would be waiting to see who can outperform the other at Rio in 2016.