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)
Japan's Yurie Adachi, left, and Kazakhstan's Galiya Nurgaliyeva, right, battle for the puck 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)
Qatar's Hanan Al Boinin throws a stone during a round-robin Curling game against Japan at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, northern Japan, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
Japan's Tetsuro Shimizu, right, and Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi sweep the ice as they play Taiwan during a round-robin Curling game at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, northern Japan, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

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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