Jakarta. A number of records have been set at this year's Asian Games, adding to the already euphoric reception of the quadrennial multisport event that involves athletes from 45 countries.
On Sunday (26/08), Chinese sprinter Su Bingtian finished first in the men's 100-meter final at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta, which earned him the title of fastest man in Asia.
Su secured his victory in 9.92 seconds, setting a new Asian Games record.
The Asian Games record in this category was previously held by Femi Ogunode of Qatar, who finished in 9.93 seconds at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
In May 2015, Su became the first Asian-born sprinter to break the 10-seconds barrier in a 100-meter race.
Meanwhile, Bahrain's Salwa Eid Naser set a new Asian Games record in the women's 400-meter sprint with a time of 50.09 seconds.
The 20-year-old athlete holds a personal best of 49.08 seconds, which she set at the Monaco Diamond league in July.
Indian shot-putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor secured India's first gold in athletics on Saturday, setting a new Asian Games record with a throw of 20.75 meters.
The record earlier belonged to Sultan Abdulmajeed al-Hebshi of Saudi Arabia, set with 20.57 meters at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
Chinese swimmer Liu Xiang set a new world record of 26.98 seconds in the women's 50-meter backstroke, becoming the first woman to break the 27-second barrier.
Previously, Zhao Jing of China held the record with 27.06 seconds, set at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy.
In weightlifting, Sohrab Moradi of Iran broke the sport's longest standing world record on his way to gold in the men's 94 kilogram class.
Moradi hoisted 189 kilograms above his head on Saturday, which put him above the previous record of 188 kilograms set by Akakios Kakiasvilis of Greece in 1999.
He then lifted 221 kilograms in clean and jerk, setting a new Asian Games record total of 410 kilograms, surpassing the 400-kilogram mark set by Bakhyt Akhmetov of Kazakhstan at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea.
Moradi, 29, now holds a complete set of world records in his class, having set records at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2017 World Championships in Anaheim, United States.