China was the second nation to secure a gold medal by winning the shooting competition, but it quickly took the lead and it looks like it has the resources to consolidate its position. One of the most important medals it won so far is the one earned by Sun Yank in the Mens’ 400m Freestyle, where the Americans were hoping to take the lead.
Despite being some of the youngest athletes at the London 2012 Olympics, Ye Shiwen and Li Xuanxu dominated the women’s 400 m individual medley and secured the gold and bronze metal. Lu Ying came in second for Olympic silver in the Women’s 100m Butterfly.
Pinpoint accuracy for Chinese women
Yi Sling was the first one to win a gold medal in the Women’s 10 m Air Rifle, by outshining Poland’s Bogacka. The podium wouldn’t have been complete without another athlete from China, as Yu Dan came third and brought yet another medal for her country. The next day was even better because a gold and a silver medal were made available for China to showcase, as Ghu Wenjun won the Women’s 10 m Air Piston and Wei Ning secured the second spot in Women’s Skeet.
Any discussion about accuracy would be incomplete if we fail to talk about the Chinese have accomplished in the Women’s Synchronized 3m Springboard. In this competition He Zi and Wu Minxia were regarded as favorites to win and they did so by a comfortable margin. While the second and third places were highly contested, the Olympic gold went to China won by more than 20 points. Even though this was a medal that they were counting on, the manner in which these two athletes outclassed their opponents took everyone by surprise.
Eyes open for new opportunities
Chinese athletes are some of the best to enter the Olympics, but very few gave them real chances of winning the Women’s basketball competition. This is what made the debut victory over 2010 World Championship runners-up so impressive and reignited hopes that a medal is possible even in this sport. The Czech Republic overcame an early deficit to tie the match in the third quarter but they lack the fitness to push into the final minutes and went down by nine points.
The best proof that the victory against the Czechs was not a fluke came two days later when China met Croatia and once again it was the Asian team to dominate the first quarter. By half time they were already leading by 10 points and that advantage grew steadily until Croatia finds itself too far behind to overcome the deficit.