Asian Games: Japan wins gold in mixed triathlon relay

Safrin La Batu | The Jakarta Post | Palembang, South Sumatra

Jakarta   /  Sun, September 2, 2018  /  05:50 pm

Gold medalists (back L to R) Japan's triathletes Yuka Sato, Jumpei Furuya, Yuko Takahashi and Yuichi Hosoda, (front L to R) silver medalists South Korea's Kim Ji-hwan, Park Ye-jin, Jang Yun-jung and Heo Min-ho and bronze medalists Hong Kong's Bailee Brown, Law Leong-tim, Choi Yan-yin and Wong Tsz-to pose for pictures with their medals during the awards ceremony for the mixed triathlon during the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang on September 2, 2018.(AFP/ Mohd. Rasfan)

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.