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

Japan's Hanae Kubo tries to get through Kazakhstan's defense during the women's tournament round robin ice hockey match at the Asian Winter Games at Tsukisamu Gymnasium in Sapporo, northern Japan, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Eri Yanetani of Japan has won the first gold medal at the Asian Winter Games in the women's snowboard giant slalom

SAPPORO, Japan — 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.

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