September 26, 2023 10:13
South Korean swimmers won a historic gold medal in the men's 800-m freestyle relay at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China on Monday.
The team consisting of Hwang Sun-woo, Kim Woo-min, Lee Ho-joon and Yang Jae-hoon gave the country its first-ever Asiad gold in a relay event with a new Asian record time of 7:01.73.
Swimming the anchor leg, Hwang kept the lead to the end.
China grabbed silver with 7:03.40, while Japan won bronze with 7:06.29.
In the men's 50-m freestyle, Ji Yu-chan won gold with an Asian Games record time of 21.72 seconds. It was the country's first gold medal in the event in 21 years, since the 2002 Asian Games in Busan. Ji also broke the previous Asian Games record of 21.84 seconds he set in the heats earlier in the day.
In fencing, Oh Sang-uk clinched gold in the men's individual sabre after beating his compatriot Gu Bon-gil, who was aiming for his fourth consecutive gold.
In taekwondo, Jang Jun claimed gold in the 58-kg competition after defeating Mahdi Hajimousaeinafouti of Iran.
The shooting trio of Ha Kwang-chul, Jeong You-jin and Kwak Yong-bin won gold in the men's 10-m running target team event. North Korea claimed silver.
Windsurfer Cho Won-woo has already secured gold in the men's RS:X competition. Having won all 12 of his races through Monday, he sealed the win regardless of the result of Tuesday's race.
As of Monday, the second day of the quadrennial event, South Korea was in second place with 10 gold, 10 silver and 13 bronze medals, behind China with 39 gold medals.
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