China tops medal standings as Military World Games draw to a close
China bagged two more gold medals on the final day of the 7th Military World Games on Sunday, guaranteeing that the host nation ended its campaign in Wuhan on top of the medal table.
China finished with 133 gold, 64 silver, and 42 bronze medals. It's the first time that China has led the Military World Game standings. Russia came in second with 51 golds, followed in third place by Brazil with 21.
Xie Siyi (left) and Wang Zongyuan during the diving men's three-meter synchronized springboard final at the Military World Games in Wuhan on Saturday, October 27, 2019. [Photo provided to China Plus]
In the final diving event on the last day of competition, China's Wang Zongyuan and Xie Siyi dominated the men's three-meter synchronized springboard final to collect the gold.
The Chinese pair scored 472.2 points, 42 points more than second placed duo Oleg Kolody and Oleksandr Gorshkovozov of Ukraine, with Italian divers Tommaso Rinaldi and Gabriele Auber taking the bronze.
Wang and Xie's victory means China also won the men's team competition, which counts the total score of each team in all events.
Members of the Bahraini football team pose for photos after winning the gold medal at the Military World Games in Wuhan on Saturday, October 27, 2019. [Photo provided to China Plus]
In the concluding event of the Games, Bahrain beat Qatar 3-1 to clinch the men's football gold, helping the country to climb to eighth place in the medal standings with nine golds.
French athlete Pierre Le Corre won the triathlon men's elite group title while Jolanda Annen of Switzerland took the women's gold. Russia and Brazil triumphed in the men's and women's team competition respectively.
Shumi Leche of Bahrain crosses the finishing line in the men's individual marathon at the 7th Military World Games in Wuhan on Saturday, October 27, 2019. [Photo provided to China Plus]
The marathon was also held on the final day of the Games. Bahrain was the biggest winner, with their athletes claiming victory in both the men's and women's races. Shumi Leche clocked two hours, eight minutes, and 28 seconds to cross the line first in the men's competition, while fellow Bahraini Eunice Chumba edged Sim Pak Il of North Korea by 16 seconds to grab the women's trophy. China's Li Dan won the bronze.
Logan Fontaine of France touches home in the mixed team finals of the open-water swimming competition at the 7th Military World Games in Wuhan on Saturday, October 27, 2019. [Photo provided to China Plus]
In the open water swimming competition, French athletes showed a strong pace to win the mixed team gold. They were joined by Brazilian and Chinese swimmers on the podium.
The nine-day Military World Games will wrap up with a closing ceremony in the Wuhan Sports Center.
The Military World Games is a multi-sport event for military sports people. The Games were first held in 1995.