Asian Games: Japan wins gold in mixed triathlon relay
Safrin La Batu
The Jakarta Post
Japan wrapped up their Asian Games campaign on Sunday by winning a gold medal in the mixed triathlon relay, solidifying their dominance in the endurance sport after two other victories yesterday and two days ago at Jakabaring Sports City in Palembang, South Sumatra.
On Saturday, Japan won the gold in the men’s category, after clinching their first one in the women’s category on Friday.
In the mixed category on Sunday, the Japanese team, consisting of four players—two men and two women—clocked in 1 hour 30 minutes and 39 seconds. South Korea finished 2 minutes and 12 seconds later to win the silver medal.
Hong Kong won the bronze medal by finishing in 1 hour 33 minutes and 4 seconds.
“I did not race too hard. My friends performed well. The time margin of more than two minutes was too long for other teams to beat us,” Yuichi Hosoda, the leader of the Japanese team, said after the match.
The Japanese teams consisted of Yuka Sato, Yuko Takahashi, Jumpei Furuya and Yuichi Hosoda. Takashi won the gold in the women’s category on Friday while Furuya won the gold in the men’s discipline on Saturday.
In the mixed triathlon, four athletes race in a relay that features swimming, biking and running.
“Of course I was tired after yesterday’s match, but my spirit forced me to win this game,” Furuya said.
The host Indonesia, meanwhile, finished in ninth position (1 hour 44 minutes and 1 second) out of 13 teams. Indonesia fielded Asihta Aulia Azzahra, Eva Desiana, Jauhari Johan and Andi Gumilang Lawello.
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