Japan's Yanetani takes 1st gold medal at Asian Winter Games

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) " Eri Yanetani of Japan won the first gold medal at the Asian Winter Games on Sunday in the women's snowboard giant slalom.

Yanetani took top honors with a combined time of 1 minute, 43.47 seconds after two runs.

China's Zang Ruxin was second, 2.23 seconds back while Gong Naiying, also of China, was third with a time of 1:45.81.

Lee Sang-ho of South Korea won the men's event with a time of 1:35.76 to edge compatriot Choi Bo-gun by just 0.68 seconds. Shinnosuke Kamino of Japan was third in 1:37.14.

The games on Japan's northern island Hokkaido run through Feb. 26 and feature more than 2,000 athletes from 31 countries competing in five sports, 11 disciplines and 64 events.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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