Ikee shines but wrestler shamed at Asian Games

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Japan's break-out teenage swim star Rikako Ikee grabbed a record sixth Gold Medal at the Asian Games on Friday (2018.08.24) as a wrestler's failed drug test put his sport under pressure.

Ikee, 18, edged China's backstroke world-record breaker Liu Xiang to win the 50m freestyle and become the first woman in any sport to scoop six titles at a single Asian Games.

Chinese colossus Sun Yang won the Men's 1,500m for the third straight Games, almost half-a-minute outside his own world record, to add to his 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle titles in Jakarta.

Earlier, wrestler Rustem Nazarov was kicked out for failing a pre-tournament drugs test, becoming the Games' first doping casualty - days after the Olympic Council of Asia threatened to expel the worst-offending sports.

Turkmenistan's Nazarov, 24, tested positive for the banned masking agent furosemide.

Separately, Indonesia's Men's football hopes died when they were ousted on penalties by the UAE in the last 16, after the teams were locked at 2-2 after extra time.

China grabbed two final gymnastics Golds through Chen Yile in the Women's balance beam and Zou Jingyuan in the Men's parallel bars.

Weightlifter Safaa Aljumaili ripped off his shirt and roared in celebration as he won Iraq's first Gold of the Games with a dramatic final lift in the Men's 85kg.

North Korea earlier reached a National best of five weightlifting Golds when Kim Hyo Sim and Choe Hyo Sim went one-two in the Women's 63kg class.

Torokan Bagynbai Uulu won Kyrgyzstan's first Gold Medal since 2010 when he won the Men's 69kg category in the Games' inaugural ju-jitsu competition.

There was another first for the Games as UAE's Ali Allanjawi took the opening Gold medal as jetski makes its debut.

But Indian woes deepened in their traditional sport of kabaddi when its Women's Team lost in the final to Iran - a day after their Men's run of seven straight Golds came to an end.

In cycling, South Korea's Na Ah-reum added the Women's time trial to her road race Gold, becoming the first Games cyclist to win both distance titles. 

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