Seo Yanghee and Kim Gi Tae clinch the Mixed Doubles gold at APG 2022

The fifth day of the Asian Para Games witnessed the crowning of Mixed Doubles champions and the establishment of new Asia Para Games records.

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In the Mixed Doubles Semifinals, Chinese Taipei and Republic of Korea defeated Japan and Thailand by 3-2, 3-0 and secured their place in the finals.

I think we did not prepare well for today’s game. As for our advantage, I think it is to seize the opportunity and ride on the momentum. We stick to this principle in the game,” Asano takashi (JPN) told APG after the semifinal match against TPE.

“At that time I thought that we could not lose the victory. On the second half we are kind of under stress, and we made some inappropriate decisions”, he added.

In the Mixed Double’s final showdown, an intense battle unfolded between Seo Yanghee and Kim Gi Tae (KOR) and Chen Po Yen and Li Jing-Shiuan (TPE). Although Chinese Taipei secured the first two matches with scores of 11-9 and 11-4, the Korean powerhouses unleashed their full potential, triumphing with a 3-2 victory.

Turning to the Women’s Doubles, Match 1 saw Hong Kong’s Wong Ka Man and Wong Pui Kei facing defeat against NG Mui Wui and Wong Ting Ting with a 0-3 score. In Match 2, Japan’s Furukawa Kanami and Ito Maki secured a 3-0 win over Chinese Taipei’s Li Jing Shiuan and Li Lydia Yi-Ya in the semifinals, securing their spot in the finals.

In the Men’s Doubles, both Hong Kong teams faced unfortunate outcomes. Fan Ka Ho and Wan Wai Lok fell to Kim Chang Gi and Kim Gi Tae (KOR) with a 3-0 result in Match 1, while Leung Chung Yan and Tsoi Ming Fai lost to Takeshi Takemori and Kato Koya (JPN).


Aira Kinoshita (L) and Yui Lam Chan (R) flaunting their medal from 2022 Virtus OA GAmes. ©-Sport-Inclusion-Australia_Photo-Credit-Deion-Menzies

A thrilling and fiercely competitive race unfolded in the Women’s 200m Individual Medley, as Aira Kinoshita (JPN) and Yui-Lam Chan (HKG) engaged in an intense battle from the very first lap. These two exceptional swimmers relentlessly pursued each other until Aira pushed her limits, taking the lead from the third lap onward. Aira, the Japanese swimmer, maintained her momentum and secured the Gold, setting a new APG record with an impressive time of 2:26.14 seconds. Chueng Ho Ying (HKG) claimed the final spot on the podium, clocking in at 2:35.11.

Naohide Yamaguchi at 2022 Virtus OA Games. © Sport Inclusion Australia_Photo Credit Deion Menzies

In the Men’s category, Japanese swimmers continued their podium domination. Yamaguchi Naohide (JPN) secured his second Gold at APG 2022 by setting another record in the 200m Individual Medley. Naohide maintained his undefeated streak from the first lap, gradually widening the gap that his competitors couldn’t bridge. He emerged as the undisputed champion, clocking in at 2:09.91, setting a new APG record. A nail-biting swim-off unfolded between Wai Lok Tang (HKG) and Nakajima Keichi (JPN) for the second spot, with Wai Lok clinching it by a mere 0.23 seconds.

The finals of the T20 Men’s and Women’s 1500m events in Athletics, as well as the Men’s and Women’s Doubles matches, are all set to take place tomorrow, marking the last day of the Asian Para Games.

Detail results and information regarding closing ceremony is available at Hangzhou 2022 website.