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Asian Games: Ones to watch

The 17th edition of the Asian Games begins in Incheon this week and here we take a look at some of the star names competing in South Korea.

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Sun Yang (Swimming, 200 metre, 400m, 1500m freestyle, China)

After entering the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou as a relative unknown teenager, Sun burst onto the scene with gold medals in the 1500m and the 4x200m disciplines. The 22-year-old's career has skyrocketed to new heights since then, with five world championship titles to his name. Sun also created history when he became the first man from China to win an Olympic gold medal, leaving the 2012 London Games with the 400m and 1500m titles. Sun also holds the world-record time in his favoured 1500m discipline. Away from the pool Sun made headlines for the wrong reasons when he was detained for seven days earlier this year for crashing a car for which he did not hold a license, but he is sure to be among the medal contenders.

Park Tae-hwan (Swimming, 200m, 400m, 1500m Freestyle, South Korea)

One of the posterboys for the host nation, Park is set to resume his rivalry with Sun in front of a partisan home crowd. The 24-year-old has an impressive six gold medals from two Asian Games appearances and also topped the podium in the 400m freestyle at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. Park's success has not gone unnoticed in his homeland and the swimming pool used for the Games is named in his honour.

Ye Shiwen (Swimming, 200m, 400m individual medley, China)

Another great Chinese hope in the pool is sure to come from the 18-year-old. Ye set a world-record time as she clinched gold in the 400 IM event at the London Games, while she also took home the 200m title. A disappointing World Championships followed in Barcelona in 2013, but the 18-year-old will be itching to bounce back as she defends the 200m and 400 IM titles she claimed in Guangzhou.

Chisato Fukushima (Athletics, 100m, 200m, Japan)

Fukushima may not have been able to replicate her success in Asia onto the world stage, but the 26-year-old will head into the Games as one of Japan's best medal hopes on the track. Fukushima participates in South Korea as the defending champion in both the 100m and 200m.

Kohei Uchimura (Gymnastics, Japan)

Considered one of the finest gymnasts of all time, Uchimura is a three-time world champion in the all-around. The defining moment of his career came at the London 2012 Olympics, though, when he secured gold in the discipline, while also taking silver in the floor.

Femi Ogunode (Athletics, 200m, 400m, Qatar)

Ogunode travels to South Korea with a target on his back. Born in Nigeria, Ogunode competes for Qatar and is already a two-time Asian Games gold medallist after triumphing in the 200m and 400m in Guangzhou. Ogunode also proved his credentials by taking bronze in the IAAF World Indoor Championships 60m in March.

Ali Hasan Mahboob (Athletics, marathon, Bahrain)

Mahboob has an excellent record at the Asian Games, winning his first gold in the 10,000m in Doha in 2006 before adding to his haul in the 5000m four years ago. The Kenyan-born Bahrain athlete has set his sights on a hat-trick of golds when he competes in the marathon.

Svetlana Radzivil (Athletics, high jump, Uzbekistan)

The 27-year-old defends the high jump title she won in Guangzhou and does so on the back of a competitive showing at the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech where she placed fourth. Radzivil set a Games record with her jump in 2010 and has a current personal best of 1.98 metres.

Yogeshwar Dutt (Wrestling, freestyle (65 kilograms), India)

India underachieved somewhat in the 2010 games with 14 gold medals and 65 medals overall. However, Dutt offers one of their brightest hopes in wrestling. The 31-year-old is an Olympic bronze medallist from London 2012 and he also took home gold at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year.

Li Xuerui (Badminton, China)

The world number one has enjoyed a fine season on the BWF calendar, with victories in Malaysia, Japan and Indonesia, although she did suffer defeat to Spain's Carolina Marin at the BWF World Championships at the end of last month. As well as her success on the BWF tour, Li is also the Olympic champion after topping the podium in London.

Wu Minxia (Diving, China)

Wu is one of the most successful diving athletes of all time. The 28-year-old clinched four gold medals over three Olympic games in Athens, Beijing and London in the 3m springboard and 3m springboard synchronised. Wu is also a seven-time world champion.

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