Asian Games: Asia looks for sub-10sec 100m sprint

China`s Zhang Peimeng will seek to become the first Asian-born sprinter to run 100 metres in less than 10 seconds at the Asian Games on Sunday.

AFP| Last Updated: Sep 28, 2014, 14:12 PM IST

- China sprinter seeks landmark sub-10sec 100m

- Lin and Lee in new badminton showdown

- South Korea play Japan in football grudge match

- China`s basketball run under threat

China`s Zhang Peimeng will seek to become the first Asian-born sprinter to run 100 metres in less than 10 seconds at the Asian Games on Sunday.

The track spotlight will be on Zhang as South Korea take on arch-rivals Japan in a politically charged football quarter-final and China play Iran in the men`s basketball needing to win to avoid a shock exit. 

Zhang, 27, ran 10.00sec at last year`s world championships in Moscow and says he is feeling in good condition to go faster.

He could succeed and still be beaten to gold by an imported Asian, however.

Zhang, 27, ran within himself for a 10.27sec finish second in his heat. Qatar`s Femi Ogunode, orginally from Nigeria, posted the fastest heat time with 10.14sec.

Ogunode, who will defending his Asian Games 200m and 400m titles, is one of a host of African-origin runners who have taken track medals at recent Asian Games. He returned to action in January after a two-year ban for testing positive for clenbuterol.

The men and women`s 100 metres are two of eight track and field medals to be decided Sunday. Japan`s Chisato Fukushima is looking to regain her women`s 100m title.

Badminton world number one Lee Chong Wei will play arch-rival Lin Dan in a men`s singles semi-final that many would rather see as the gold medal match.

Lee had an exhausting 21-23, 21-16, 21-17 over Vietnam`s Nguyen Tien Minh on Saturday while Olympic champion Lin eased through 21-14, 21-18 against Japan`s Kenichi Tago to set up the latest installment in their gripping rivalry.

Lee, making his last bid for gold at the Asian Games, has a catastrophic record against the Chinese player.

Lin beat Lee in the Asian Games final four years ago, one of a list of major victories including in the last two Olympic finals and the 2011 and 2013 world championship finals. Lin leads their head-to-head 22-9.

The last time they met was in the dramatic 2013 world final in Guangzhou when Lee lost in three games, collapsing during the third in an overheated stadium.

South Korea face bitter rivals Japan in a politically-charged headline game in the Asian Games football quarter-finals.

Matches between Games hosts South Korea and Japan often produce fireworks given the historical animosity between the countries.

A South Korea player inflamed a diplomatic row over disputed islands by waving a political flag after the Koreans beat Japan 2-0 in the bronze medal match at the 2012 London Olympics.

Saudi Arabia take on Iraq in a second game packed with sporting rivalry, while North Korea play United Arab Emirates and Thailand do battle with Jordan in the other quarter-finals.

China play Iran in the men`s basketball group quarter-finals, urgently needing a win to stay in the tournament.

Defeat will mean China go out with no medals, a major comedown after contesting the last nine Asian Games finals, winning seven of them.

There will be four golds at stake in the second day of the wrestling, and four each in gold and archery.

In the women`s beach volleyball, China play Thailand in the gold and bronze medal matches.