HIGHLIGHTS: Day three of Asian Games

August 21, 2018 - 10:04 AM
Tayab Raza of Pakistan in action with Nam Koungjin of South Korea in the 2018 Asian Games. (Reuters/Issei Kato)

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

China and Japan continue their remarkable run in the swimming competitions to stay at the top of the medal table at the end of day three, while South Korea are third.

With three gold medals on Monday, hosts Indonesia took their tally to four, equalling their 2014 Incheon Games haul.


Japan send home basketball players for ‘night with women’

  • Son strike sends South Korea through to Asian Games knockout stage.
  • Ikee shines as Sun’s bid for five golds comes up short in relay.
  • Jeon’s fencing title defense foils compatriot Nam’s milestone bid.
  • Some grumbles over tickets, transport as Indonesia works on fixes.
  • Olympic Council of Asia to analyze old results to punish dope-tainted sports.
  • Kumar fades, Punia rises as new poster boy of Indian wrestling.
  • Rosmaniar wins Indonesia’s first gold.
  • Vroom! Indonesia president a hit on social media after motorbike stunt.
  • Abushammaleh proud to keep Palestine flag flying at Asian Games.

U, Jeon retain fencing golds for South Korea

  • Gu Bon-gil overcame Oh Sang-uk 15-14 in an all-South Korean final to become the first fencer to win three consecutive Asian Games gold medals in the men’s individual saber.
  • In the women’s individual foil, Jeon Hee-sook defended her title, prolonging compatriot Nam Hyun-hee’s wait to become South Korea’s most decorated Asian Games athlete.
  • Nam, who has six Asiad golds alongside swimmer Park Tae-hwan, faltered in her first attempt after losing to 15-7 to Jeon in the round of 16. She has another opportunity to win gold in Thursday’s team event.

Japan men storm to relay gold

  • Japan won the men’s 4×200 meters freestyle relay gold for the 16th time, extending its own record as the country to have won most gold medals in a single swimming event at the Asian Games.
  • Naito Ehara, Reo Sakata, Kosuke Hagino and Katsuhiro Matsumoto combined to finish in a time of 7:05.17 and set a Games record.
  • China claimed silver, while Singapore opened its medal account for the meet by winning bronze.

Vinesh clinches gold for India

  • Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold medal at the Asian Games, beating Yuki Irie of Japan 6-2 in the final of the 50kg category.

Double glory for Ikee

  • Japan’s Rikako Ikee broke Games records on her way to gold medals in women’s 50 meters butterfly and 100 meters freestyle events.
  • The 18-year-old now has three golds at the meet after claiming the relay gold on Sunday.

Sun cruises to another swimming gold

  • Chinese swimmer Sun Yang won his second gold in as many days at the Games as won the 800 meters freestyle.
  • The 26-year-old Olympic and world champion had launched his Games campaign with a 200m freestyle gold on Sunday.

Kim bags taekwondo gold for South Korea

  • South Korea’s Kim Tae-hun became the first man to claim Asian Games gold medals in two different weight classes in taekwondo after winning the men’s 58kg event.
  • The 24-year-old topped the 54kg category in Incheon four years ago.
  • Niyaz Pulatov, who lost the final 24-6 to Kim, took the silver medal for Uzbekistan, while Japan’s Sergio Suzuki and Iranian Farzan Ashour Zadeh Fallah finished with bronze.
Silver medallist Koorosh Bakhtiyar of Iran, gold medallist Kang Minsung of South Korea and bronze medallists Pongporn Suvittayarak of Thailand and Chen Ching of Taiwan pose with their medals in the 2018 Asian Games. (Reuters/Willy Kurniawan)

Taiwan’s Yang equals trap shooting world record 

  • Taiwan’s Yang Kunpi equaled the men’s trap shooting world record with 48 points to win gold. The 20-year-old matched the effort of Spaniard Alberto Fernandez, who shot a 48 in the World Cup Final in New Delhi last year.
  • India’s Lakshya Sheoran (43) claimed the silver medal ahead of South Korea’s Ahn Daemyeong (30) who took bronze.

Indonesia equal 2014 games gold medal haul 

  • With three gold medals on Monday, hosts Indonesia took their tally to four, equalling their 2014 Incheon Games haul. Khoiful Mukhib and Tiara Andini Prastika won the men’s and women’s mountain bike downhill events while Lindswell Kwok took gold in wushu.

Zhang secures gold for China in trap shooting

  • China’s Zhang Xinqiu found the target with her final shot of the day to claim the women’s trap gold medal. She edged out Kang Gee-eun by one point after the South Korean missed with her final attempt.
  • Zhang’s total of 45 saw her equal the Games record. Lebanon’s Ray Bassil took bronze.

Indonesia win two cycling gold medals

  • Indonesia struck gold in the mountain bike downhill event, with Khoiful Mukhib winning the men’s event while Tiara Andini Prastika claimed the top prize in the women’s race.

China’s Zhao clinches landmark shooting gold 

  • Zhao Ruozhu highlighted China’s dominance in shooting at the Asian Games, clinching the country’s 200th gold medal in the discipline by winning the 10m air rifle event.
  • The 19-year-old’s score of 250.9 fell short of the world record she set in April (252.4) but was good enough for a new Games record.
  • Zhao finished ahead of silver-winning South Korean Jung Eunhea (248.6) and Mongolia’s Gankhuyag Nandinzaya (227.4) who secured bronze.

Yang on target for China 

  • China’s Yang Haoran won the men’s 10m air rifle event with a Games record of 249.1 to help the Asian giants improve their gold medal tally to nine.
  • Yang bettered the efforts of India’s silver medallist Deepak Kumar and Taiwan’s Lu Shao-chuan.

Good morning for Japan in swimming hearts

  • Olympic champion Kosuke Hagino began his quest to defend both men’s medley titles in Jakarta with the fastest time of one minute 59.76 seconds in the 200m heats on a promising morning for Japan at the Gelora Bung Karno Aquatic Centre.
  • His teenage compatriot Rikako Ikee is another of Japan’s hopes for gold at the 2020 Olympics and she showed good form in the 100m freestyle heats with the top time of 54.33 seconds.
  • Ikee was also fastest in the 50m butterfly heats as she looks to add to the relay gold she won on Sunday night.
  • Reigning women’s 200m breaststroke champion Kanako Watanabe was another Japanese to top the timesheets, clocking 2:27.05 to launch her title defense.
  • China’s Xu Jiayu, however, again pipped Ryosuke Irie in their 50m backstroke heat after beating his Japanese rival to gold in 100m event on Sunday.
  • Both eased into the final but were second and third fastest behind Indonesia’s I Gede Siman Sudartawa, who topped the times with a swim of 25.01 seconds.
  • Local Aflah Fadlan Prawira swam a Games record in the single men’s 800m heat but only because it was the inaugural running of the event at the Asian Games.
  • His time of 8:03.87 was not enough to get him into Monday evening’s final and his record is likely to be obliterated when the big guns join the fray. China’s Sun Yang will go for the second of five possible gold medals in Jakarta in that race.

Indonesia’s Kwok wins wushu gold

  • Lindswell Kwok claimed the first gold of day three and Indonesia’s second of the Games in the women’s taijijian event to keep the hosts on track to meet their target of 16.
  • Hong Kong’s Juanita Mok Uen-ying won silver while Agatha Chrystenzen Wong of the Philippines took bronze.

Action underway on day three

  • Medals were up for grabs in artistic gymnastics, equestrian, fencing, shooting, swimming, weightlifting and wrestling among other sports as the third day of the 18th Asian Games opened on Monday.
  • China topped the medal tally after Sunday’s action with seven gold, five silver and four bronze.

— Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar; Editing by Ian Ransom, Ed Osmond, and Christian Radnedge