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Bahrain athlete wins rare sprint double at Asian Games

Edidiong Odiong becomes only the fourth woman to complete the 100 and 200 metres double when she won the half-lap race in 22.96 seconds

Bahrain athlete wins rare sprint double at Asian Games
Edidiong Odiong of Bahrain. (Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)

Bahrain's Edidiong Odiong completed a rare sprint double at the Asian Games on Wednesday.

Nigerian-born Odiong became only the fourth woman to complete the 100 and 200 metres double when she won the half-lap race in 22.96 seconds, ahead of India's Dutee Chand on 23.20.

It meant a silver sprint double for Chand, who missed the last Games in a row over her hyperandrogenism, which causes elevated testosterone levels and also affects South Africa's Olympic champion Caster Semenya.

"God has given me a lot of trouble since 2014. I suffered a lot. Nobody could have suffered so much," said Chand.

"But I came back to give two medals to India -- it will be a big celebration back home!"

Japan's Yuki Koike won the men's 200m in 20.23 after a photo-finish with Taiwan's Yang Chunhan, while Iran's Ehsan Hadadi won a record fourth title in the men's discus.

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