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New shooting star powers China assault.

Incheon, South Korea -- Zhang Menyuang became China's new shooting hero Saturday as the continental giant claimed three Asian Games gold medals to quickly establish its domination in Incheon.

The 24-year-old Zhang won the women's individual 10 metre air pistol title and helped China to the team gold in a double blow to hosts South Korea, who had been favorites.

China's men also took the 50m air pistol team title, while South Korea got off the mark with one gold in wushu and India won their first title in the shooting.

The Asian Games' 9,500 athletes finally took centre stage on Saturday after the opening ceremony in Incheon, where North Korea's delegation had shared the spotlight with pop singer Psy.

The shooting accounted for the first of 439 gold medals to be decided in the South Korean city over 15 days until October 4.

Zhang is only ranked 29th in the world and China's shooting coach Wang Yifu, a previous Olympic champion, said her triumph was doubly impressive as South Korean organizers had ''deliberately'' arranged the 10m air pistol as the first event as they hoped for a home victory.

But South Korea's Olympic and world champion Kim Jang-Mi, who comes from Incheon, managed only seventh place.

''It was hard for us to win this medal,'' Wang said.

Zhang teamed up with China's double Olympic champion Guo Wenjun and Zhou Qingyuan to take the team title.

Pang Wei, Pu Qifeng and Wang Zhiwei teamed up to take the men's 50m air pistol title, while India's Jitu Rai took the individual gold.

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