Anna Prakaten celebrates after winning women's single sculls gold at Hangzhou 2022 ©Getty Images

Olympic silver medallist Anna Prakaten captured her first major title since switching her allegiances from Russia to Uzbekistan as she struck women's single sculls gold at the Asian Games here.

Prakaten was born in Belarus before going on to compete for Russia as she claimed silver at Tokyo 2020 representing the Russian Olympic Committee.

With Russia facing sporting sanctions in response to the war in Ukraine, Prakaten chose to change her citizenship to Uzbekistan in April this year in order to compete internationally – a decision which the Russian Rowing Federation described as a "serious loss".

Attending her first Asian Games, Prakaten made her mark in Uzbekistan colours as she powered in front over the first 500 metres of the women’s single sculls final, with China's Liu Ruiqi in second position.

She extended her lead to almost six seconds over Liu, with Japan's Shiho Yonekawa a little further back in third.

Anna Prakaten holds the Uzbekistan flag after changing their citizenship from Russian ©Getty Images
Anna Prakaten holds the Uzbekistan flag after changing their citizenship from Russian ©Getty Images

The gap was increased to 11 seconds for the final 500m as Prakaten forged clear of the rest of the field.

Prakaten triumphed in 7min 39.05sec, with Liu picking up silver in 7:49.98 and Yonekawa bagging bronze in 7:51.88.

Uzbekistan sealed their second gold of the day courtesy of their success in the men's four final.

China took the lead only for Uzbekistan to fight back and overhaul them at the halfway stage.

The home crowd tried to rally their quartet, but Uzbekistan proved far too strong, producing a commanding display to win in 6:04.96.

China held on for second in 6:10.04, with India coming third in 6:10.81.

While Uzbekistan claimed two golds, China grabbed the other five to finish with 11 overall.

Zhang Liang of China retained the men's single sculls crown with an impressive victory in front of his home crowd.

The Chinese rower, who won men's double sculls gold yesterday, stamped his authority on the race, taking the lead ahead of Japan's Ryuta Arakawa and Kazakhstan's Vladislav Yakovlev.

The vastly-experienced rower was in no mood to let his advantage slip, establishing a three-second gap at the halfway point.

Roared on by the home fans, Zhang appeared to gain in strength as he maintained his lead to win in 6:57.06.

Arakawa won the battle for silver, crossing in 6:59.79, while Hong Kong's Chiu Hin Chun sealed bronze in 7:00.55.

China picked up their second gold of the day, with Wang Tingting and Zhang Xuan dominating the women's pair final.

Wang and Zhang led from start to finish, winning in 7:32.22 - 10 seconds faster than anyone else in the field.

There were just three boats in the race, with Hong Kong taking silver in 7:42.00 and South Korea finishing in 7:51.54 for bronze.

A stunning showing saw China claim the women's quadruple sculls crown.

The Chinese crew were in a race of their own as they powered across the finish line in 6:42.84.

The silver went to Iran in 6:51.82, with Vietnam clinching bronze in 6:54.84.

China withstood a strong challenge from Uzbekistan to win the men's quadruple sculls title.

There was a mere 0.03 separating China and Uzbekistan over the first 500m as the two crews battled for the ascendancy.

China held the edge as they led by 0.5 at the 1,000m point before stepping up the pace in the second half of the race.

Uzbekistan continued to dig in but China managed to hold their form, securing the title in 6:02.65.

A time of 6:04.64 saw Uzbekistan take silver, while the bronze medal went to India in 6:08.61.

China then capped a dominant two days of rowing by winning the women's eight final in emphatic fashion.

The Chinese crew took a firm grip of the race in the early stages and did not let go.

There was plenty of clear water between China and the rest of the field by the halfway stage as they continued to forge ahead.

China triumphed in 6:33.61, while Japan won silver in 6:44.15 and Vietnam sealed bronze in 6:48.21.