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(Asiad) S. Korea tops gold tally from '10; big day for Kazaks in boxing

2014/10/03 21:27

By Special Reporting Team

INCHEON, Oct. 3 (Yonhap) -- South Korea added four more gold medals on Friday, the penultimate day of the Asian Games, to surpass its total in the previous Asiad four years ago.

The men's basketball team staged a thrilling comeback to defeat Iran 79-77 for the gold medal, the country's first in the sport in a dozen years.

Boxer Shin Jong-hun also ended a 12-year gold drought in his sport, taking the light flyweight title with a unanimous 3-0 decision over Kazakhstan's Birzhan Zhakypov.

Hours later, another South Korean boxer, Ham Sang-myeong took the bantam weight gold after defeating Chinese opponent Zhang Jiawei by 3-0.

In taekwondo, Kim Tae-hun was the only South Korean in action on Friday, and he, too, delivered a golden piece of news, taking the men's under-54㎏ title with a win over Chinese Taipei's Huang Yu Jen.

With those four gold medals, South Korea reached a total of 77, with one day of action left. Four years ago at the Guangzhou Asian Games, South Korea had won 76 gold medals.

The host is expected to add more gold medals to the tally on Saturday, with both the men's and women's soft tennis teams having reached the semifinals. South Korea so far has won all five soft tennis medals at stake.

China added seven gold medals on Friday and enjoyed all-Chinese finals in both the men's doubles and the women's doubles in table tennis. China reached 149 gold medals for the Asian Games.

China swept up the men's individual and team gold medals in modern pentathlon, too, an event that had been the domain of South Korea.

South Korea had won the past two men's team gold medals but ended up with a bronze this time.

North Korea earned its 11th gold medal, as Kim Hyok-bong and Kim Jong won the mixed doubles event in table tennis. They were the 2013 world champ in that discipline.

Kazakhstan enjoyed a banner day in boxing, with six gold medals and one silver medal from the ring. In karate, the Kazakhs had two golds and one silver.

With 28 golds, Kazakhstan has already won 10 more gold medals than it did four years ago.

The compelling come-from-behind victory in men's basketball was reminiscent of South Korea's gold medal victory over China at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan. South Korea erased a seven-point deficit with 32.5 seconds left to force overtime and prevailed 102-100.

This time, South Korea was down 75-70 with two minutes remaining. Guard Yang Dong-geun made a three-pointer and center Kim Jong-kyu sank his free throw after getting fouled on a lay-in with 36.3 seconds to go.

After more clutch free throws and Iran's misses down the wire, South Korea captured its long-awaited gold.

A day earlier, the women's basketball team had defeated China for the gold medal, too. Members of the women's team were in the stands to cheer on the men at Samsan World Gymnasium.

In taekwondo, Kim Tae-hun enjoyed a more comfortable victory. The world No. 1 and the reigning world champ easily beat Huang 14-3.

He picked up three quick points with three kicks to Huang's body in the opening round and scored more with another kick and a penalty issued to Huang.

Kim never let up, as he finished up an easy victory for his first Asian Games gold.