China Make Golden Start on 1st Day of Asian Games

Gold medallists China's Zou Jiaqi and Qiu Xiuping pose for a photo during a medal ceremony after the women's light-weight double sculls final event of rowing during the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province on September 24, 2023. (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE / AFP)
Gold medallists China's Zou Jiaqi and Qiu Xiuping pose for a photo during a medal ceremony after the women's light-weight double sculls final event of rowing during the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province on September 24, 2023. (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE / AFP)
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China Make Golden Start on 1st Day of Asian Games

Gold medallists China's Zou Jiaqi and Qiu Xiuping pose for a photo during a medal ceremony after the women's light-weight double sculls final event of rowing during the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province on September 24, 2023. (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE / AFP)
Gold medallists China's Zou Jiaqi and Qiu Xiuping pose for a photo during a medal ceremony after the women's light-weight double sculls final event of rowing during the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province on September 24, 2023. (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE / AFP)

Hosts China swept the first gold medals at the Asian Games in Hangzhou on Sunday in a statement of intent on day one of the region's answer to the Olympics.

China claimed the first gold when Zou Jiaqi and Qiu Xiuping dominated the women's lightweight double sculls rowing to kick off a medal rush for the home nation.

The Chinese pair finished in 7min 6.78sec, with Uzbekistan's Luizakhon Islamova and Malika Tagmativa taking silver -- almost 10 seconds behind.

Indonesia's Chelsea Corputty and Rahma Mutiara Putri won bronze.

The hosts soon doubled up on the rowing lake as the men's lightweight double sculls gold was won by Fan Junjie and Sun Man, who finished five seconds clear of India's Arjun Lal Jat and Arvind Singh.

China won six of the seven golds at the Fuyang Water Sports Centre rowing venue on Sunday morning with only Hong Kong's Lam San-tung and Wong Wai-chun getting in on the party by winning the men's pairs.

China's shooters also claimed the women's 10m team air rifle.

The hosts' rip-roaring start to the 19th Asian Games, which end on October 8, continued as Sun Peiyuan won the first martial arts gold.

Sun successfully defended his men's changquan wushu title from 2018, ahead of Indonesia's Edgar Xavier Marvelo with Macau's Song Chi-kuan third.



Crystal Palace Signs Morocco Defender Chadi Riad to 5-Year Contract 

Chadi Riad of Morocco celebrates after scoring the 0-2 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2026 CAF qualifiers soccer match between Morocco and Congo, in Agadir, Morocco, 11 June 2024. (EPA)
Chadi Riad of Morocco celebrates after scoring the 0-2 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2026 CAF qualifiers soccer match between Morocco and Congo, in Agadir, Morocco, 11 June 2024. (EPA)
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Crystal Palace Signs Morocco Defender Chadi Riad to 5-Year Contract 

Chadi Riad of Morocco celebrates after scoring the 0-2 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2026 CAF qualifiers soccer match between Morocco and Congo, in Agadir, Morocco, 11 June 2024. (EPA)
Chadi Riad of Morocco celebrates after scoring the 0-2 goal during the FIFA World Cup 2026 CAF qualifiers soccer match between Morocco and Congo, in Agadir, Morocco, 11 June 2024. (EPA)

Crystal Palace signed 20-year-old Chadi Riad to a five-year contract on Friday following the Morocco defender's impressive season with Real Betis.

The center-back made 30 appearances last season for the Seville club, on loan from Barcelona. He is the Premier League club's first summer arrival.

“The club has high-level players who are young and I have come here to follow their same trajectory, to grow as they have grown,” Riad, who turns 21 on Monday, said in the team's announcement.

Born in Spain, Riad made his Morocco debut in January and scored his first international goal against Republic of Congo this week.

The signing protects Palace in case center-back Marc Guehi leaves for a bigger club. Guehi is currently in the England squad at the European Championship.

Financial details of the transfer were not disclosed.