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Asian Games: Japan's 4x100-meter squad confirms Asian supremacy

Japan's Asaka Cambridge, center, crosses the finish line for his team's 4x100m relay gold during the athletics competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Aug. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Men's 4x100-meter sprint at the Asian Games in Jakarta on Aug. 30, 2018 (Kyodo)

JAKARTA (Kyodo) -- Japan's Rio Olympic silver medalist men's 4x100-meter sprint foursome showed on Thursday it has not lost a step by winning the Asian Games title with ease.

    Running a 38.16-second time, the team of 100-meter bronze medalist Ryota Yamagata, Shuhei Tada, Yoshihide Kiryu and Asuka Cambridge led home silver medalists Indonesia and bronze winners China for Japan's first Asian Games gold in the event in 20 years.

    Despite being 0.56 second off the time that saw the team, with Shota Iizuka in place of Tada, win silver behind Jamaican legend Usain Bolt and friends in Rio, it was more than enough for gold in Jakarta.

    Indonesia crossed 0.61 second behind Japan, with China 0.73 off the pace.

    In the preceding women's 4x100, Bahrain won gold in a games record 42.73, overhauling silver medalist China in the final straight. Kazakhstan won bronze, while Japan finished fifth behind Thailand.

    The athletics gold was Japan's second on Thursday following Hayato Katsuki's come-from-behind win in the men's 50-kilometer walk in the morning.

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