TIANJIN, China, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- Hosts China still dominated the pool of the 6th East Asian Games (EAG), collecting four gold, four silver and one bronze medals here on Saturday, despite finishing second in men's 4x100m freestyle relay.
Japan managed 3-3-4 and Hong Kong, China took two bronzes on the third day of the swimming competitions.
A 47.33 seconds split from Ning Zetao could not turn China's silver into gold in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay.
Together with veterans Lv Zhiwu, Liu Junwu, Shi Tengfei, Ning was the last leg and 0.95 second behind the Japanese quartet. Ning stormed in the first 50m by 22.18 and 47.44 at the wall, 0.03 second shy of the gold. Japan finished in 3:16.82 to seal with the title while Hong Kong, China came to third 3:23.02.
"I was out of power at the last five meters. I've tried all my best. It's a little bit pity that we lost just by 0.03," said Ning who was the double gold medalist in the men's 50m and 100m freestyle at the Chinese National Games one months ago by breaking two Asian records - 100m in 48.27, and 50m in 21.91.
The 15-year-old Qiu Yuhan found her form back in the women's 200m freestyle, winning the title in 1:57.75 together with her teammate Guo Junjun 1:59.49 for a silver. Haughey Siobhan Bernadette from Hong Kong, China, finished third in 1:59.77.
"I had a poor National Games last month but I feel great at this East Asian Games. My confidence is back," Qiu said.
Olympic runner-up Lu Ying secured victory in the women's 100m butterfly in 58.29, followed by Japanese Kato Yuka and Kabyashi Nao in 58.38 and 59.20, respectively.
Sun Xiaolei and Cheng Feiyi gave China another 1-2 finish in the men's 50m backstroke in 25.19 and 25.27 while men's 200m individual medley champion Mao Feilian celebrated his second title in the 200m breaststroke in 2:10.85, beating Japanese Okawa Taaki and Koseki Yasuhiro into second and third.
The Fujimori brothers from Japan, Hiromasa and Takeharu, finished the top two in the men's 400m individual medley 4:14.44 and 4:15.80, Liu Weijia of China was the third.
Motegi Mio of Japan stopped the China's women dominance by claiming victory in the 100m breaststroke in 1:08.54. Shi Jinglin of China had the silver in 1:08.90.
China now had 15 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze medals to top the swimming medal table with Japan 7-11-10, Hong Kong, China came third with 2 silvers and 4 bronzes. South Korea had 1 silver and 2 bronzes.