Asian Games: A Story Of Sweeps Helps Japan Top Overall Medals

Oksana Chusovitina

South Korean shooter Kim Jun-hong competes in the men's 25-meter rapid fire pistol competition at the 18th Asian Games at the Jakabaring Sport City Shooting Range in Palembang, Indonesia, on August 25, 2018.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in posted praise on social media saying he was "very proud" of the team and that "young athletes who were pouring sweat training at Han River (South Korea) and young athletes who were dreaming about a gold medal while training at Taedong River (North Korea) came together to give joy to the entire Korean Peninsula".

They are Indonesia, China, Korea, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, and Thailand.

"I didn't use too much strength during the semi-final, I saved my energy for the final".

"It's unbelievable, I want cry to release the pressure", he said after matching compatriot Shen Jianqiang record tally for men's swimming at the 1990 Beijing Asian Games.

Unified Korea's successes came on a busy middle Sunday at the two-week Games, with 35 gold medals decided in 12 different sports.

The Unified Korea Canoe Sprint team, comprising of five South Korean and seven North Korean athletes, finished third, milliseconds short of second place Indonesia and the gold medalist team, China. "I was able to record 56 seconds but haven't recorded 55 seconds yet. I can't wait to go back home now".

A few minutes earlier, South Korea's Mun Min-hee had screamed with delight after personal bests of 106kg in the snatch and 130kg in the clean and jerk had propelled her into the silver medal position on 236kg.

While China is dominating the medals standings, there won't be any gold, silver or bronze added in men's singles in badminton, a sport the nation loves.

"We are getting closer to the world's top countries like the U.S., Australia and China little by little".

And it was awarded to Korea - the name given to the combined teams the countries entered in rowing, canoeing and women's basketball - and not to North or South Korea.

"I think it is important to try to drastically challenge during this period, which is between the Rio Olympics and Tokyo Olympics". Already a world champion for the 100 backstroke, he is shaping as one Asia's best Olympic hopes for Tokyo 2020.

She froze like a rabbit in the headlights and walked away sobbing both times without even attempting a lift as nerves got the better of her.

The Japanese Olympic Committee have set an ambitious target of 30 gold medals at Tokyo 2020, nearly double their existing record of 16 (Tokyo 1964 and Athens 2004).