Asian Games: Unified Korea team grab historic gold in canoe race

Asian Games: Unified Korea team grab historic gold in canoe race

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Unified Korea's gold medallists sing the national folk song "Arirang" during the awards ceremony for the women's canoe traditional 500m boat race at the 2018 Asian Games. (Photo: AFP/ADEK BERRY)

PALEMBANG, Indonesia: 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 Canoe TBR 500m on Sunday (Aug 26).

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.

They also competed together in women's ice hockey at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February, an event that ushered in a series of reconciliatory moves.

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Source: AFP/aa