HIGHLIGHTS: Day 15 of the Asian Games

September 7, 2018 - 10:24 AM
Zeng Bingqiang of China and Kim Nakhyeon of South Korea in action at the 2018 Asian Games. (Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha)

JAKARTA — Highlights of day 15 of the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang on Saturday (times GMT):

Asian giants China extended their lead at the top of the medal table after Saturday‘s action, winning gold in basketball, diving and table tennis among other sports.

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  • Never-say-die Japan pip Malaysia to hockey gold.
  • Soccer gold secures military exemption for Son.
  • Indonesia intends to bid for 2032 Olympics.
  • The alchemist behind India’s heptathlon gold.
  • Son’s Korea urged to curb aggression in finals.
  • Barman hopes focus shifts from feet to feat.
  • Odiong adds relay gold to sprint double.
  • Unified Korea assured of basketball medal.
  • Esports needs to raise game for recognition.
  • OCA hopes to see Kuwait back by 2020.
  • Odiong completes women’s sprint double.

Japan win men’s hockey gold

Japan beat Malaysia 3-1 in a shootout to claim the men’s hockey gold after clawing their way back from 5-2 down to secure a 6-6 draw. India beat arch-rivals Pakistan to claim the bronze.

Chinese divers rule the pool 

Chinese diver Yang Jian won gold in the men’s 10-meter platform event after finishing second in Incheon four years ago. His compatriot Shi Tingmao earlier claimed gold in the women’s three-meter springboard competition.

South Korea defend football crown

Late goals from winger Lee Seung-woo and striker Hwang Hee-chan helped South Korea to defeat Japan 2-1 in extra time and defend their men’s football crown.

Victory means South Korea has a record five Asiad gold medals, one more than Asian powerhouse Iran.

Ueda Ayase scored a late consolation goal for 2010 champions Japan at the Pakansari Stadium in Cibinong, south of Jakarta.

Iran defend men’s volleyball title 

Iran defended their men’s volleyball title with a clinical 3-0 victory over South Korea in the final. China claimed the women’s crown, beating Thailand by a similar scoreline.

China crowned basketball champions

China beat Iran 84-72 in the final to clinch the gold medal in the men’s basketball competition. The women’s team had earlier beaten a combined Korean team 71-65 in the title clash.

Fan goes one step further with table tennis win

China’s Fan Zhendong improved on his silver medal from the 2014 Games, winning the men’s singles table tennis event. He beat compatriot Lin Gaoyuan in the final.

South Korea strike gold with baseball win

South Korea claimed their third consecutive Asiad gold in baseball with a 3-0 win over Japan at the GBK Baseball Field.

Wang seals table tennis gold

Wang Manyu extended China’s Asian Games dominance in table tennis, edging compatriot Chen Meng 4-3 in the title clash to win the women’s singles gold.

South Korea’s Jun wins modern pentathlon 

South Korea’s Jun Woong-tae won the gold medal in the men’s modern pentathlon, beating compatriot Lee Ji-hun. Jun scored a total of 1,472 points, 13 points ahead of Lee.

South Korea defend soft tennis gold 

South Korea repeated their gold medal from four years ago in the men’s soft tennis team event, beating Japan 2-0 in the final at the Jakabaring Sport City Tennis Court in Palembang.

India enjoy best-ever medal tally 

India took their overall medal tally to 67 on Saturday, surpassing their previous best of 65 set in 2010.

Boxer Amit Panghal won gold in the men’s 49kg category, beating Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan in the final. India’s bridge team then won the men’s pair event.

Thailand continue sepaktakraw dominance 

Thailand beat Vietnam 2-0 to win the women’s quadrant event in sepaktakraw. The country has now won 12 of the 16 women’s events in sepaktakraw at the Games. Indonesia won the men’s quadrant competition beating Japan 2-1 in the final.

China’s Zhou wins women’s kayak double 500m gold 

Zhou Yu won her third Asian Games gold medal by triumphing in the women’s canoe/kayak 500m sprint double with Li Yue. She had also won the women’s kayak single 500m title in 2010 and 2014. It was China’s seventh overall gold medal in the event.

Furuya gives Japan 70th gold at 18th Games

Jumpei Furuya won the men’s triathlon to give Japan their 70th gold medal at the 18th Asian Games. It was Japan’s third successive victory in the event.

Kazah Klinova defends women’s kayak single 200m gold

Inna Klinova from Kazakhstan won the women’s 200m kayak single gold for the second time, defending the title she won in Incheon four years ago.

— Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru and Sudipto Ganguly in Jakarta; Editing by John O’Brien and Clare Fallon