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(Asian Games) S. Korea wins 3rd straight baseball gold medal

All Headlines 20:29 September 01, 2018

By Yoo Jee-ho

JAKARTA, Sept. 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korea captured its third straight Asian Games baseball gold medal on Saturday.

South Korea defeated Japan 3-0 in the final at GBK Baseball Field in Jakarta to complete the first "three-peat" since baseball became a medal sport in 1994.

South Korea has claimed five of seven baseball titles in Asian Games history.

Starter Yang Hyeon-jong held Japan to one hit over six innings, and cleanup Park Byung-ho homered for the fourth straight game for the 2018 Asiad champion.

Managed by former star pitcher Sun Dong-yol, South Korea was the only fully professional team in the tournament. Chinese Taipei, the silver medalist at each of the past two Asian Games, had mostly amateur players. Japan, which improved on bronze medals from the last two events, built an entire team with amateurs.

South Korea lost its first preliminary game to Chinese Taipei 2-1 but then won its next five games to finish on top.

Park Byung-ho of South Korea comes home after hitting a solo shot against Japan in the bottom of the third inning of the gold medal game in baseball at the 18th Asian Games at GBK Baseball Field in Jakarta on Sept. 1, 2018. (Yonhap)

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