EDIDIONG Odiong was again the toast of a nation yesterday as the Bahraini completed a brilliant sprint double at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta.
The 21-year-old pipped India’s Dutee Chand for the second time in three days to win the women’s 200 metres gold to complete a dream double.
Wei Yongli of China again came third to claim bronze in an exact repeat of the top three places in Sunday’s 100m sprint final at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.
Bahrain added another bronze to take their medal tally to 18 medals – nine gold, three silver and six bronze - with Yaqoob Yaqoob finishing third in men’s 200m.
Bahrain are just one medal short of their previous best of 19 – nine gold, six silver, four bronze – achieved four years ago in Incheon, South Korea.
Bahrain maintained their second position in the athletics medal table behind China, who pulled clear with 11 gold, ahead of Bahrain on nine and India on five.
In the shorter sprint, the 21-year-old Odiong won in a photo-finish over India’s Chand but was a clear winner yesterday, clocking 22.96 seconds to the silver medallist’s 23.20.
Odiong came off the blocks in a flash and was in full stride on the curve. She was in a class of her own on the home stretch to win the event with consummate ease. She became the fourth woman to win the sprint double in a single Asian Games.
In the men’s 200m final, Japan’s Yuki Koike clocked 20.23 seconds to beat Taiwan’s Yang Chunhan in a photo finish while Bahrain’s Yaqoob was third in 20.55.
Earlier yesterday, China grabbed gold in men’s and women’s 20km walk.
Yang Jiayu’s women’s gold means the country has won the event at each of the five Asian Games since 2002.
Wang Kaihua won the men’s competition making it eight of the last nine Asian Games that China has bagged gold.