Golden Finish for South Korea

INCHEON, 24 Oct – Thrills and spills made for exciting competition as wheelchair basketball brought the curtain down on the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games, and South Korea ended the event on a sweet note with gold by their men’s team.

China blasted 65 baskets past Japan’s 43 to win gold in the women’s team events, as Iran defeated South Korea 53-25 for the bronze.

It was a closer score margin in the men’s team event for Japan but their 50 points were not enough to topple South Korea who scored 61 to win the last gold of the Games. Iran then beat Thailand 87-51 for bronze.

In athletics, China took seven of the 14 gold medals on offer, adding two silver and two bronze to their collection.

Thailand took two gold, two silver and one bronze in the boccia mixed team events.

Tadtong Pattaya defeated Witsanu Huadpradit 7-3, for gold in BC1, and Worawot Saengampa prevailed against Watcharaphan Vongsa 7-1 in BC2.

South Korea won all three medals in BC3, as Kim Jun-Yup took gold, silver went to Jeong Ho-Won and Kim Han-Soo settled for bronze.

Hong Kong China’s Leung Yuk Wing beat teammate Lau Wai Yan Vivian 5-2 for gold and Thailand’s Pronchok Larpyen got bronze.

Cyclists had a long way to go before claiming their podium positions after the mixed men and women 96km road race. A clear first finisher was South Korea’s Kim Jong-Cun in 2h 18:35 minutes but coming in behind him, both Tatsuyuki Oshiro (JPN) and Mohd Khairil Haswan Wahab (MAS) clocked in at 2h 24:12minutes. The silver was given to Japan and Malaysia settled for bronze.

China made a clean sweep in the table tennis team events as the men won gold in TT1-3, TT5, and TT9-10 and the women won the TT9.

Powerlifting athletes continued to produce record breaking results and in the +107kg London 2012 gold medallist Siamand Rahman (IRI) lifted 290.00kg, breaking his own record of 285.5kg set in April 2014 at the IPC Powerlifitng World Championships.

Mansour Pourmirzaei’s (IRI) 255.00kg was below his World Championship effort but enough for silver at these Games, while South Korea’s Chun Keun-Bae managed bronze with 235.00kg.

The Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games came to a close with 32 of the 41 participating countries winning at least one medal. Highest on the tally, China will take home 317 medals, leaving 211 for host South Korea and 143 for Japan. Throughout the Games from 18 to 24 October 2014, athletes were presented with 443 gold, 433 silver and 469 bronze medals to bring the total to 1345.

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