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'Magnificent Mary' goes for gold at Asian Games

Indian women's boxing icon 'Magnificent Mary' Kom will try to add Asian Games gold to her collection of world titles when she contests the flyweight final on Wednesday.

other Updated: Oct 01, 2014 09:37 IST

Indian women's boxing icon "Magnificent Mary" Kom will try to add Asian Games gold to her collection of world titles when she contests the flyweight final on Wednesday.

Kom can add to her list of trophies when she takes on Kazakh Zhaina Shekerbekova.

Five-time world champion Kom, 31, had to settle for bronze at the 2010 Games and also when women's boxing made its Olympic debut in 2012.

Away from the ring, Japan's world-beating "Nadeshiko" will take on North Korea for the third time in a row in the women's football final in a row.

Japan, the world champions and Olympic silver-medallists, are taking nothing for granted against a team which has won two of the last three Asian Games titles.

"We really need to prepare well for the match. We've got to go out and show that we want to win the championship again," said US-based striker Nahomi Kawasumi.

Excitement is mounting over South Korea's star rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-Jae, Asia's leading athlete in the discipline who took bronze at the 2010 Asiad.

Son, 20, was voted the Games' top attraction by South Korean fans and she is riding high after finishing fourth in the world championships ahead of Chinese rival Deng Senyue.

A big home crowd is expected to follow Son in the rhythmic gymnastics competition, which starts with the team event on Wednesday.

In athletics, Japan's Yuki Yamazaki and Takayuki Tanii will try to end Chinese dominance of race-walking at these Games when they head a seven-man field in the men's 50km race.

Qatar's Nigerian-born Femi Ogunode will try to seal a sprint double in the 200m after winning the 100m in an Asian record 9.93sec.

China's perfectly drilled divers will try to make it six from six gold medals so far in the men's and women's 1m springboard events.

In hockey, China and South Korea will battle it out for the women's gold medal.

And in the men's water polo semi-finals, South Korea have a grudge match against rivals Japan and Kazakhstan play China.