China women's water polo team secured a berth at the 2024 Paris Olympics after claiming the Asiad title.
HANGZHOU, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- China defeated Japan 24-11 to take the women's water polo gold at the Hangzhou Asian Games here on Sunday, ensuring them of a place at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
The win also marked China's fourth consecutive Asian Games women's water polo gold medal.
A total of seven teams participated in the women's water polo competition in Hangzhou, playing each other in a round-robin format. China remained undefeated in all six matches for the gold, while Japan won five matches to settle for the silver. Kazakhstan won four matches to finish third.
After winning all their previous matches by a large margin, China carried their momentum into the final clash against Japan, taking a commanding 6-1 lead in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Japan strengthened their defense and created chances at the other end. However, with some superb play from Zhang Jing, Yan Jing and goalkeeper Zhang Jiaqi, China continued to put pressure on their rivals, leading by 13-7 at half-time.
China called the shots again in the third quarter, allowing only two points from Japan, and successfully closed out the game in the final quarter.