China downplays historic Asian Games medal haul

November 27, 2010 07:32


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GUANGZHOU, China — China is wrapping up the Guangzhou Asian Games with a massive haul of nearly 200 gold medals, but the head of delegation says they're not relaxing one bit in preparations for the 2012 London Olympics.

Duan Shijie played down the importance of the Guangzhou achievements, saying there's no guarantee China will perform as well in two years' time.

China swept the gold medals in sports such as diving, table tennis and basketball here. But Duan said many athletes are lagging behind world class levels, and their success is probably related to the lower level of competition at the Asian Games.

South Korea was second on the medal tables with 75 golds going into the last two events. China could hit the 200 mark with first place finishes in the men's marathon and women's volleyball.

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