HIGHLIGHTS: Day five of Asian Games

August 24, 2018 - 9:58 AM
Japan celebrate their gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games. (Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha)

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

Victories in swimming and wushu events boosted China’s lead at the top of the medal table, while Japan and South Korea retained their places in the top three.



  • Japan beat rivals China for first badminton title in 20 years.
  • Singapore’s Schooling snaps China-Japan grip on Jakarta pool gold.
  • Japan’s remaining basketball players claim emotional win.
  • Kazakh Balandin ponders retirement two years after Olympic triumph.
  • India hands out record hockey rout of hapless Hong Kong.
  • Afghan officials shielding athletes from trouble at home.
  • CAS satisfied Asian Games golfers aren’t professional.
  • ‘Mermaid’ Liu swims world record time to win 50m backstroke gold.
  • Rejuvenated Squash queen David seeks special finale.

Third weightlifting gold for North Korea

O Kang-chol won the gold medal for North Korea in the men’s 69 kg category after lifting a combined total of 336 kg.

It is North Korea’s third weightlifting gold at the meet after victories for Om Yun-chol and Ri Song-gum on Monday.

Koseki cruises to first Asiad gold

Japanese swimmer Yasuhiro Koseki obliterated the Games record to win the men’s 100 meters breaststroke as he clocked 58.86 seconds in the final, beating the previous mark of 59.91.

Schooling wins Singapore’s first gold 

Singapore’s Olympic swimming champion Joseph Schooling stormed home in an Asian Games record time of 51.04 seconds in the men’s 100 meters butterfly final.

It is the first swimming gold for a country other than China or Japan at the meet.

China’s Li Zhuhao claimed silver, while Yuki Kobori of Japan won bronze.

China dethroned in women’s badminton 

China failed to claim its sixth consecutive gold medal in the women’s badminton team event after losing to top-seeded Japan 3-1 in the final.

Sarnobat shoots gold for India

Indian shooter Rahi Sarnobat claimed the gold medal in the women’s 25 meters pistol. The 27-year-old becomes the first Indian woman to win gold in an individual shooting event at the Asian Games.

Thailand continue sepak taraw dominance

Thailand continued their domination of the sepak takraw event at the Games, winning a sixth straight gold medal in the men’s team regu event. They beat Malaysia 2-0 in the final.

India and Indonesia took the bronze medals.

Double joy for Mongolia in shooting 

Mongolia’s Gankhuyag Nandinzaya secured gold in the women’s 50m rifle three positions competition, scoring 458.8 to set a new Games record.

Compatriot Chuluunbadrakh Narantuya (451.4) took silver while Iran’s Mahlagha Jambozorg claimed bronze (441.2).

Yazawa overcomes Chinese challenge to win kayak gold 

Japan’s Aki Yazawa won the women’s kayak slalom singles competition, defeating 2014 Incheon Games champion Li Tong of China. Taiwan’s Chang Chuhan won bronze.

South Korea’s Na cycles to gold

South Korea’s Na Ah-reum won gold in the women’s individual road race, finishing ahead of China’s Pu Yixian and Japan’s Eri Yonamine.

Haneda clinches canoe slalom gold for Japan

Rio Olympics bronze medallist Takuya Haneda won the canoe slalom singles gold to repeat his 2014 success.

China’s Chen Fangjia secured silver and Kazakhstan’s Alexandr Kulikov the bronze.

China win wushu gold

Chen Zhouli ensured China made a winning start to the day by clinching the gold medal in wushu. Chen’s victory ensures he repeated his 2014 success in the men’s taijiquan and taijijian all-round competition.

Japan’s Tomohiro Araya won silver while Myanmar’s Ko Ko Nyein Chan took the bronze.

— Reporting by Hardik Vyas and Shrivathsa Sridhar; Editing by Peter Rutherford, Christian Radnedge and Toby Davis