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Women’s team pursuit cyclists take first ever gold

Korea won a gold medal in the women’s team pursuit track cycling event at the 18th Asian Games on Tuesday.

The team of Na Ah-reum, Kim You-ri, Kim Hyun-ji and Lee Ju-mi topped the race at Jakarta International Velodrome, edging China in the final.

This was Korea’s first gold in women’s team pursuit at the Asiad. It took silver at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.

For Na, it was her third gold at this year’s Asian Games. She had won the individual road race and time trial gold medals on the road earlier.

Men set Asian record 1 day, crash out of race the next

Korea set a new Asian record in the men’s team pursuit track cycling event at the 18th Asian Games on Monday.

One day later, the new Asian record holders crashed out of the fourth heat to miss out on a spot in the finals.

The team of Kim Ok-cheol, Min Kyeong-ho, Im Jae-yeon and Shin Dong-in topped the qualifying stage at Jakarta International Velodrome with a time of 3:56.247. The previous continental record was 3:57.801 set by Japan at the Asian championships in February.


Korea takes bronze in women’s team table tennis

Korea took a bronze medal in the women’s table tennis team event at the 18th Asian Games on Tuesday.

Korea lost to China 3-0 in the women’s table tennis team semifinal match at Jakarta International Expo Hall B in Jakarta and settled for bronze. There is no bronze medal match at the Asian Games.

It was Korea’s first Asiad medal in the women’s team event since Guangzhou 2010.

Korea first sent Jeon Ji-hee, currently ranked No. 21 in singles, but she lost to China’s world No. 1 Zhu Yuling 3-1 ( 11-7, 11-5, 7-11, 11-5). Choi Hyo-joo then fell to world No. 3 Chen Meng in three straight sets (11-8, 11-6, 11-8).

Up next was veteran Suh Hyo-won against China’s 19-year-old star Wang Manyu. Suh, 31, gave up the first game 11-7, but she managed to win the next set 11-3.

The two went neck and neck in the third game. With Wang leading 10-9, Suh, known for her defensive style of play, made aggressive forehands but made a mistake and gave up the winning point. Suh then lost to Wang 11-6 in the fourth game, ending Korea’s bid for the final.

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