India win their first golds, North Koreans snub South on podium

India win their first golds, North Koreans snub South on podium

India secured their first gold medals at the Hangzhou Asian Games, while North Korean marksmen caused controversy by snubbing their South Korean rivals on the podium. The Games, which were delayed by a year due to COVID-19 measures, feature 12,400 athletes from 45 nations competing for 481 gold medals in 40 sports.

India’s first gold came in the men’s 10-meter air rifle team event. They followed this up with a victory in women’s cricket, defeating Sri Lanka by 19 runs. This marked India’s first gold in cricket since the sport was included in the Asian Games in 2010. In the bronze match, the Bangladesh women’s cricket team beat Pakistan to claim their country’s first Asian Games medal since 2014.

Cricket, with hopes of becoming an Olympic sport, returned to the Asian Games after being excluded from the previous edition in 2018. Additionally, esports made its debut as a medal event, attracting attention with the participation of Lee Sang-hyeok, also known as ‘Faker,’ a popular gaming figure in China.

In other events, three North Korean marksmen refused to join their South Korean rivals in a group photo after narrowly missing out on gold in a men’s team shooting competition. China had a successful day, winning gold medals in various sports including artistic gymnastics, swimming, skateboarding, taekwondo, mountain biking, fencing, wushu, shooting, and rowing. However, Uzbekistan managed to secure gold in the men’s four and women’s single skulls, stealing some of China’s thunder.

There were also notable performances in other sports. Anna Prakaten of Uzbekistan won the women’s single skulls event, having previously won silver at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. Thailand’s Panipak Wongpattanakit upset China’s hopes by winning the women’s -49kg taekwondo final. This victory marked Thailand’s first gold of the Games and sparked celebrations among Thai journalists.

Several Games records were broken in the pool, including the women’s 200m freestyle, won by Hong Kong’s Siobhan Bernadette Haughey. At the skate park, nine-year-old Mazel Paris Alegado from the Philippines, reportedly the youngest athlete at the Games, impressed with her seventh-placed finish in the women’s park event.

China, the host nation, has made significant efforts to ensure a smooth event, which is their first major sporting competition since ending their “zero-COVID” policy in late 2022.

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