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Cycling: S. Korea Win Twice as China Make History
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South Korean Jang Sun Jae and Park Sung Baek scored 35 points to take the men's madison gold medal with their teammate Kang Gong Jin later crowned in the men's keirin.

The South Korean duo teamed up well and collected 15 points in the first three sprints and remained able to keep their leading position throughout.

"We got a pretty good start, which gave us some advantage over other teams," said Jang who has won two gold medals in Doha from the men's individual and team pursuits.

"I am happy to win the third one, and the glory should go to all my teammates. Without them, I could not win here," added Jang.

Ilya Chernyshov and Alexey Lyalko of Kazakhstan got the silver in 21 points while the bronze medal went to Mehdi Sohrabi and AmirZargari of Iran in 17 points.

In the last Asiad cycling final, Kang Dong Jin of South Korea claimed the men's keirin gold medal from the derny, a small motorbike, as he sprinted ahead to tale up a leading position before a final sprint on the last lap gave him victory.

"I'm really happy to take my first gold medal in the Asian Games. I kept my speed well, and did not give them any chance to overtake," said Kang, who earlier won a bronze medal in the men's 1km individual time trial.

Josiah Ng Onn Lam of Malaysia took the silver while the bronze went to Hiroyuki Inagaki of Japan.

In the other final of the last-day cycling competitions, Li Yan became the first Chinese to win the Asian Games women's points race.

"To win this gold medal means a lot to me. It's my pleasure to be the first woman to win this gold for China," said Li.

After a slow start, the Asian champion, who ranked sixth in the world, dug deed and showed her endurance and stamina to collect 18 points from the last four sprints for a winning total of 24 points. Lee Min Hye of South Korea finished second in 23 points, followed by Chanpeng Nontasin of Thailand in 11 points.

"In the beginning, the South Korean cyclist (Lee) gave me some pressure. I knew her well, and she almost beat me. I was lucky to make enough points in the last four laps," added Li.

"I rode pretty bad today. I was leading during the race, so I expected to win. The Chinese rider (Li Yan) sprinted and won over me," said Lee. "I need more training. I am still young. The race is not over. I can do better."

Li's teammate Wang Jianling, ranked 15th in the world, did well to finish 9th..

(Xinhua News Agency December 15, 2006)

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