Asian Games: Indian archers miss gold by a whisker

Son Heung-min and his teammates can avoid national service if they win the Asian Games

Son Heung-min and his teammates can avoid national service if they win the Asian Games

South Korea's captain Son Heung-min has said that neither he nor his team-mates are feeling any pressure ahead of the Asian Games football final, after they beat Vietnam 3-1 in the semi-finals yesterday.

South Korea's unlikely run to the last four during the World Cup it co-hosted with Japan had millions of fans pouring onto the streets in cities across the country to celebrate victories. "He is such a good tactician - he's known as 'The (Alex) Ferguson of the K League'".

Almost every able-bodied South Korean male is required to carry out 21 months of military service before the age of 28, although the government rewards Asian Games gold medals and Olympic medals of any colour with an exemption.

"Korea wants to win and I think we deserve to win".

Japan's Kensuke Sasaoka competes in the men's skateboard park final at the 18th Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. South Korea later tied the game and scored late in the extra time to advance to the semifinals.

Afterwards, Son said he thought his side had done enough to win the game.

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The exemptions are offered to athletes who earn gold at the Asian Games or a medal of any colour at the Olympics. He also missed South Korea's opener here and only went on as a replacement in a surprising group-stage loss to Malaysia.

Son, who plays for Premier League club Totttenham Hotspur, provided the assist for the second goal before being substituted in the 72nd minute.

Lee smashed South Korea in front after just seven minutes in Cibinong, near Jakarta, following some nifty footwork from Hwang Hee-chan. I'm trying to make my country happy, make myself happy.

Qatar, who captured their maiden AVC Cup in Chinese Taipei early this month, had played a tough five-set match against Japan in the quarter-finals coming into yesterday's game. "I emphasize that it's not about me, but it's about us".

It was so close yet so far for Indian archers as they had to settle for silver medals after losing against South Korea in two keenly-fought finals in the compound event at the Asian Games here on Tuesday.

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