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(Asian Games) Unified Korean canoeing team delivers historic 1st medal; golden day in ju-jitsu, bowling

All Headlines 23:17 August 25, 2018

By Yoo Jee-ho and Joo Kyung-don

JAKARTA, Aug. 25 (Yonhap) -- The unified Korean canoeing team delivered a historic first medal in dragon boat racing on Saturday, otherwise a quiet day in the medal race for South Korea.

While South Korea won two gold medals from ju-jitsu and bowling, the bronze medal by the 200-meter dragon boat racing team -- the first medal by any unified Korean team at a multi-sport competition -- was the story of the day.

The Korean Unification Flag (R) is raised during the medal ceremony for women's 200-meter dragon boat racing at the 18th Asian Games at the Jakabaring Sport City Rowing & Canoeing Regatta Course in Palembang, Indonesia, where the unified Korean team won the bronze medal on Aug. 25, 2018. (Yonhap)

The 12-member unified team, with five South Koreans and seven North Koreans, finished in third place with a time of 56.851 seconds. China won gold at 56.161 while Indonesia took silver at 56.817 at Jakabaring Rowing & Canoeing Regatta Course in Palembang, co-host city of the Asian Games with Jakarta.

The medal will not count to either South Korea or North Korea and will instead be awarded to "Korea" in the medal standings. The Korean Unification Flag, which bears the image of the Korean Peninsula in blue against a white background, was raised during the medal ceremony.

The Koreas had a joint women's hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea's PyeongChang, but it lost all five games it played. It was the first unified Korean team in Olympic history.

For these Asian Games, the Koreas have assembled unified teams in women's basketball, rowing and dragon boat racing. The women's basketball team will play in the quarterfinals on Sunday, while three rowing teams wrapped up their competition on Friday without a medal.

On Saturday, the men's all-Korean dragon boat racing team finished seventh in the 200m event.

Both men's and women's joint teams will compete in the 500m on Sunday. The men's team will then take part in the 1,000m on Monday.

Sung Ki-ra of South Korea celebrates her victory in the final of the newaza women's under-62kg event in ju-jitsu at the 18th Asian Games at Jakarta Convention Center Assembly Hall in Jakarta on Aug. 25, 2018. (Yonhap)

South Korea's first gold medal of the day came from ju-jitsu after Sung Ki-ra won the newaza women's under-62kg event.

The 2018 world champion reached the final without conceding a point, and then defeated Tian En Constance Lien of Singapore 4-2 for South Korea's first Asiad gold in ju-jitsu.

Also in ju-jitsu, Hwang Myung-se won bronze in the men's 94kg division.

Ju-jitsu is making its Asiad debut in Jakarta.

The day's second and final gold medal came from the bowling alley in Palembang, where the men's team won the Team of Six title a day after the women's team won its Team of Six gold.

The men's team of Choi Bok-eum, Hong Hae-sol, Park Jong-woo, Kim Jong-wook, Koo Seong-hoi and Kang Hee-won put up 8,540 points after six games each to beat Hong Kong by 365 points.

South Korea took the lead after the first games and never lost it the whole day.

Park led South Korea with 1,517 points, followed by Hong with 1,448 points.

South Korean bowler Choi Bok-eum is in action during the men's Team of Six event at the 18th Asian Games at Jakabaring Sports City Bowling Center in Palembang, Indonesia, on Aug. 25, 2018. (Yonhap)

After suffering some shocking defeats in archery earlier in the week, South Korea bounced back on Saturday to secure at least silver medals in both men's and women's recurve team events.

The men's trio of Oh Jin-hyek, Lee Woo-seok and Kim Woo-jin defeated China by the set score of 5-3 in the semifinals, setting up a date with Chinese Taipei in Monday's final.

The women's team of Chang Hye-jin, Lee Eun-gyeong and Kang Chae-young knocked out Japan 6-2 in the semis, and they too will face Chinese Taipei for the gold medal on Monday.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Park Hee-jun picked up bronze in the men's kata event in karate, thanks to a 4-1 victory over Kuok Kin Hang of Macau in the third-place match.

Park is South Korea's first medalist in kata, which first joined the Asian Games in 1994.

South Korea is still looking for its first karate gold medal, having won nine bronze medals.

In shooting, Kim Jun-hong failed to defend his gold medal in the men's 25-meter rapid fire pistol, settling for bronze instead.

This was Kim's first Asiad bronze medal, after two gold and two silver medals from the 2014 competition.

South Korea has 25 gold medals with eight days left and remains in third place in the medal race behind China (72 gold medals) and Japan (34). South Korea's objective is to grab at least 65 gold medals and beat Japan to finish second place behind China.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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