Korea’s Rim follows little sister to gold
Rim Jong Sim bagged North Korea’s seventh weightlifting gold of the Asian Games in Indonesia on Sunday to complete a remarkable family double, just a day after a victory by her little sister. Like her 22-year-old sibling Rim Un Sim in Saturday’s 69kg category, the reigning Olympic champion enjoyed a comfortable margin of victory in the 75kg class -- this time by a massive 26kg. ‘I was a bit nervous after my sister won, just hoping I could do the same,’ said a delighted Jong Sim, 25, who was watched by her sister Un Sim as she further extended North Korea’s record weightlifting haul at the Asian Games. The sisters couldn’t hold back her emotions after Jong Sim was presented with her gold medal by North Korean Sports Minister Kim Il Guk and the secretive country’s anthem played for the seventh time in seven days of competition. After wiping away her tears, Un Sim told AFP: ‘I was so happy for ‘Onni’ (big sister). I knew she could win but I couldn’t hold back when I thought of her and my country.’ It was a sentiment echoed by Jong Sim. ‘This gold is not just for me but for my country,’ she told reporters. ‘I cried when I thought about my country. I can’t wait to go back home now.’
Birthday girl David wins squash gold
Malaysian squash legend Nicol David celebrated her 35th birthday in style on Sunday as she won a record-extending fifth gold medal at the Asian Games. The former long-time world number one grittily came from behind in the fifth set to beat 19-year-old compatriot Sivasangari Subramaniam 11-13, 11-9, 5-11, 11-6, 11-8 in Jakarta. It added to David’s near-flawless record at the regional Olympics, where she has lost only once in six visits since her debut in 1998 -- the 2002 final against Hong Kong’s Rebecca Chiu. David stunned the world of squash when she won her first Asian Games gold as a 14-year-old in 1998, and went on to spend a record 108 months as world number one from August 2006 to September 2015. But Jakarta looks likely to be the final Asian Games for the Penang native, who said this year’s Commonwealth Games were probably her last after she lost in the semi-finals.
Unified Korea grab historic gold in dragon boating
Athletes from North and South Korea combined to win an Asian Games gold medal for the first time in their history with victory in the women’s 500 metres dragon boating on Sunday. The two Koreas, competing together after a rapid improvement in cross-border relations, took gold with a time of two minutes and 24.788 seconds, edging past China on 2:25.092. It was the first gold at a major Games for a Unified Korea team, and came nearly three decades after their last title together -- in the women’s team event at the 1991 world table tennis championships. North and South Korea have also joined forces in rowing and women’s basketball at the regional Olympics following a rapid improvement in relations this year. At last week’s opening ceremony, the Korean teams marched together behind the Unified Korea flag, held aloft jointly by South Korean women’s basketball player Lim Yung-hui and North Korean footballer Ju Kyong Chol.
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