Taiwan's woman champion sprinter, Chi Cheng, who holds the 100 and 200 metres world records, dominated the opening day of the track and field events at the Sixth Asian Games in Bangkok on Thursday(10 December).
GV Spectators in Bangkok stadium.
MLV Taiwan woman sprinter Chi Cheng practises from starting blocks
CU Spectators hold Taiwan flags.
Womens 100 metre runners on starting blocks
CU Boy holds Taiwan flag
MLV ZOOM IN 100 metre race & PAN TO Chi Cheng & others touching tape.
MCU Chi Cheng after race surrounded by photographers (2 shots)
MLV Men's high jump: Hamid Nor Azhar clears bar
MLV Bhim Singh clears bar
MLV Japan's Hidehiko Tomizawa clears bar.
MLV Iran's Teymour Ghiassi clears bar using new backwards style.
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Background: Taiwan's woman champion sprinter, Chi Cheng, who holds the 100 and 200 metres world records, dominated the opening day of the track and field events at the Sixth Asian Games in Bangkok on Thursday(10 December). Shrugging off a leg injury, she won a 100 metres heat in 11.6 seconds, equalling the Games record.
Later Chi Cheng went on to win the 100 metres semi-final in the same time. In the heat she won by five yards from a Japanese teenager Keiko Yamahada.
In the men's high jump Teymour Ghiassi of Iran caused a surprise by taking the gold medal against much-favoured Japanese opposition. Ghiassi, using the so-called "Fosbury Flop" style named after the American winner of the Gold Medal at the 1968 Olympics, won on a countback from Japan's Hidehiko Tomizawa after both cleared 2.06 metres. India's Bhim Singh was third.
The Asian Games were opened on Wednesday by King Bhumibol of Thailand amid the flutter of pigeon's wings and the release of hundreds of multi-coloured balloons. A Thai athlete kindled a flame which will burn for the duration of the 11-day games.