Asian Games: South Korea clinches second track cycling gold medal
Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman
The Jakarta Post
Clad in a white jersey, South Korean cyclist Park Sanghoon outpaced Japan's Ryo Chikatani in the men's 4,000 meter individual pursuit final on Wednesday at the 2018 Asian Games at the Jakarta International Velodrome in East Jakarta.
It was South Korea’s second gold medal in cycling after its women’s pursuit team pedaled its way to glory on Tuesday, in addition to a silver and bronze in the keirin and team sprint events respectively.
Park - who set an Asian record of 4 minutes and 19.672 seconds in the qualifying round - led Chikatani by about a second after the first 1,000 m and went on to finish the race in 3 minutes and 12 seconds.
The bronze went to Kazakhstan’s Artyom Zakharov who defeated Hong Kong’s Siu Wai Ko.
Earlier on Wednesday a new Asian record was set by another South Korean, Im Chae-bin, in the men’s sprint preliminary round. Im clocked a time of 9.865 seconds, surpassing the previous Asian record of 9.892 seconds set by China’s Xu Chao in an earlier preliminary round.
“This is a special day for me as it is my first gold in the Asiad. The time I clocked was also my personal best,” Park said, adding that he was now focusing on the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
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