On the tenth day of competition in Tokyo, Team China won five more gold medals, bringing its total to 29, surpassing the 29 it won in Rio four years ago.
The Chinese delegation held strong and performed admirably despite the Games being delayed by a year and held under many clouds (including COVID-19).
In a time when the world was facing unprecedented nationalism and populism, experts said that heartwarming moments.
Like the sharing of gold medals usher in hope and the valuable lesson of sports transcends borders for humanity.
Some Western media, in light of China’s impressive track record of athletic success, have painted the country as a “sports machine” that will stop at nothing to win medals.
Experts have labelled such thinking as “sour grapes,” noting that China has long since moved past the era in which “only the championship counts” Because of the country’s rising national strength, which has allowed it to shine in so many areas.
China Duo Walk tall as Hosts Claim First Gold
BEIJING On Friday, China’s Liu Hong and Lu Xiuzhi won the women’s 20-kilometer walk by a wide margin, earning the country its first gold medal of the world athletics championships held in China.
Liu finished the race in the historic Bird’s Nest Stadium in one hour, twenty-seven minutes, and forty-five seconds, just ahead of Lu, another countryman, and both were cheered on by the crowd.
World record holder Liu won his first world championship gold with this victory. He had previously only won silver in 2011 and bronze in 2009 and 2013.
Quite a bit of stress was exerted upon me. Liu told the press that China had been waiting for this moment all championship long.
That’s not to say I wasn’t ready for anything, but I was. I have worked really hard on my training, and I really wanted to succeed.
The Chinese Sports Machine’s Single Goal: The Most Golds, at Any Cost
Hou Zhihui has been focused on one goal since she was 12 years old, working six days a week with only a few days off per year: lifting more than twice her body weight into the air.
Hou’s hard work paid off this past Saturday at the Tokyo Olympics, despite the fact that she had to train away from her family and endure nearly constant pain.
As part of a formidable Chinese women’s weight lifting squad that aimed to sweep every weight class it was contesting, she won gold in the 49-kilogram division and set three Olympic records.
China’s sports production line has only one goal: pumping out medal winners for national pride. The value of silver and bronze is minimal.
Even though the Chinese public is growing increasingly wary of the sacrifices made by individual athletes.
China still plans to win the most gold medals at the Tokyo Games by fielding 413 athletes, the largest number since the Beijing Games in 2008.
For world record holder Liu, this was his first world championship gold after having previously won silver (2011) and bronze (2009) and bronze (2013).
That’s a lot of pressure,” I moaned. Liu told reporters, “Everyone was waiting for it because China hadn’t won a gold medal in these games yet.”
Forethought helped me immensely. I felt like I could make it if I trained hard enough.
I’d already won three medals at the world championships, and now I have the gold. That I can take my status as world champion to the Olympic Games in Brazil boosts my self-assurance.
Because the Russians weren’t present, I can’t say with any certainty that we’ll win the Olympic gold, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Liu and Lu were chatting as they entered the stadium, and they shared a hug after the starting line before completing a lap of honour together.
Once outside the stadium, the two took the lead, and while Anezka Drahotova kept up for the first 5 kilometres, the Czech runner was eventually left behind as she fought to keep up with the rest of the pack on another hot morning in the Chinese capital.
At the halfway point, the Chinese duo had built a 26-second lead by passing other competitors on the course’s 1-kilometer circle.