Chinese rowers Zou Jiaqi and Qiu Xiuping won the opening gold of the Hangzhou Asian Games in the women’s lightweight double sculls on Sunday morning.

The athletes, who finished sixth at the 2023 World Championships a few weeks ago, won with a comfortable lead in seven minutes and 6.78 seconds at the Fuyang Water Sports Center. They were followed by Uzbek rowers Luizakhon Islomova and Malika Tagmatova, and Chelsea Corputty and Mutiara Rahma Putri of Indonesia.

The Hangzhou Asian Games rowing competition consists of 14 events, seven for men and seven for women. China, which won nine gold medals and one silver at the last Asian Games in Jakarta in 2018, sent 37 rowers this time, including 13 Tokyo Olympians.


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