The Asian Video games, the world’s second largest multi-sports occasion, start this week. Listed below are 5 world stars who can shine on the continental showpiece in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia.
– Su Bingtian (CHN), athletics –
Sprinter Su Bingtian (centre), seen right here on the World Indoor Championships earlier this 12 months, is within the type of his life
The Chinese language flyer is within the type of his life and able to cement his standing as Asia’s quickest man.
Su stormed to a 100 metres private better of 9.91sec in Madrid as just lately as June 22 and proved it was no fluke by clocking the identical time in Paris per week later.
These runs got here sizzling on the heels of Su’s wind-assisted 9.90 in Eugene in Could, and the 28-year-old begins as a sizzling favorite in Jakarta after equalling the Asian file of Nigerian-born Qatari Femi Ogunode, who ran 9.91 in 2016.
Ogunode beat Su to the gold 4 years in the past in Incheon however has did not dip under 10 seconds this season.
Su’s biggest second got here in 2015 when he ran a storming third leg as China took a shock 4×100 metres World Championships silver in Beijing behind Usain Bolt’s all-conquering Jamaica.
One other member of that quartet, Xie Zhenye, might be Su’s largest challenger in Jakarta having clocked a private greatest 9.97 in June.
– Kento Momota (JPN), badminton –
Primary: Kento Momota celebrates after defeating Shi Yuqi to win the world title on August 5
The newly topped world champion is making up for misplaced time after a playing scandal that threatened to wreck his profession.
The 23-year-old beat Chinese language primary Shi Yuqi 21-11, 21-13 in Nanjing final week to change into the primary Japanese man to win a singles world title.
Momota was world quantity two when he was suspended in 2016 for greater than a 12 months after visiting an unlawful on line casino, denying him a spot on the Rio Olympics.
However he’ll head to Jakarta as favorite for gold as he goals to take the mantle from Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and China’s Lin Dan, who’ve dominated the game.
– Joseph Education (SIN), swimming –
Singapore’s Joseph Education poses together with his gold medal on the rostrum of the Males’s 100m Butterfly Remaining through the swimming occasion on the Rio 2016 Olympic Video games on the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 12, 2016.
Education pulled off one of many largest surprises in swimming historical past by beating the good Michael Phelps within the American’s ultimate particular person race, the Rio 2016 100m butterfly ultimate, to win Singapore’s first Olympic gold medal.
4 years in the past in Incheon Education took three butterfly medals — gold within the 100m, silver within the 50m and bronze within the 200m.
The 22-year-old is aiming for 5 gongs in Jakarta — he could go for the 100m freestyle as an alternative of the 200m butterfly in addition to his favorite 100m and 50m fly occasions whereas additionally taking over the 4x100m freestyle and 4x100m medley relays.
– Nicol David (MAS), squash –
Squash legend: Nicol David of Malaysia goes for an unbelievable fifth Asian Video games particular person gold in Jakarta
The Penang-born famous person is within the twilight of her glittering profession however can be eyeing one other wonderful title so as to add her unbelievable tally of 4 particular person golds, two workforce golds and one particular person silver on the previous 5 Asiads stretching again 20 years.
David shocked the world of squash when she gained her first Asian Video games gold as a 14-year-old in 1998, and went on to imagine legendary standing by spending a file 108 months as world primary from August 2006 to September 2015.
She is relishing being again in Jakarta, the place all of it started for her 21 years in the past. “I used to be in Jakarta once I was solely 13 years previous… on the 1997 Indonesia SEA Video games,” she instructed Malaysia’s Star newspaper final month.
“It was my first outing as a senior participant within the nationwide workforce. And now after a few years, I will be again in Jakarta for the Asian Video games. It is going to be a special day and I’ll treasure the second.”
– Son Heung-min (KOR) soccer –
Son Heung-min celebrates his purpose that knocked Germany out of the World Cup in Russia on June 27
Tottenham have agreed a cope with the South Korean Soccer Affiliation which is able to see South Korea’s most profitable soccer export miss the primary two matches on the Asian Cup in January in trade for releasing him for the Asiad.
Son, whose purpose knocked holders Germany out of the World Cup in Russia in June, got here on as a late substitute in Saturday’s opening day 2-1 Premier League win at Newcastle earlier than taking the lengthy flight to Jakarta.
It’s a calculated gamble by Spurs who know that shedding the 26-year-old “Sonny” for 3 weeks at the beginning of this season may pay dividends if he can information to nation to a repeat of their 2014 video games triumph.
A gold medal could be rewarded with an exemption from the 21 months of obligatory army service that, like all different Korean males, he could be required to start earlier than his 28th birthday in July 2020.
Son missed out when South Korea took gold in Incheon 4 years in the past as a result of his membership on the time, Bayer Leverkusen, wouldn’t launch him.