Japan claims Gold….. But not what you’d expect

Japan maintained its grip on second place on the medal table with gold medals coming from some unlikely and lesser-known sports on Monday, the Asian Games’ 10th day.


With just six days remaining, Japan, with 43 gold, 36 silver and 57 bronze, has consolidated its position, well behind China’s 86 gold, but seemingly locked into second ahead of South Korea which has 28.


Mirai Ishimoto delivered a win in women’s bowling masters, leading both preliminary rounds and then clinching the final with 481 points, eight ahead of the silver medalist from South Korea.


Photo credit to: https://www.bowlingdigital.com


The archery gold was Japan’s first at the Asian Games since 1978, when both the men’s and women’s teams won. On the same day, the women’s recurve team defeated China 6-2 for bronze.


The two-time defending men’s under-84 kilogram karate champion Ryutaro Araga came to Indonesia with a big reputation and lived up to it, taking yet another title to become the first Japanese to win three karate gold at the Asian Games.


Miho Miyahara won bronze in women’s under-50kg karate, beating Anu Adhikari of Nepal 9-0. Kayo Someya also finished third, beating Taiwan’s Chao Jou 3-1 in the women’s under-68 kg class.


On the athletics track, Japan only managed one medal, a bronze for Takatoshi Abe in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. He crossed in 49.12 seconds, a long way behind gold medalist Abderrahman Samba of Qatar.


The beach volleyball team of Miki Ishii and Megumi Murakami lost to Wang Fan and Xia Xinyi of China 2-1 (17-21, 21-19, 15-10) in the final to claim silver, Japan’s first medal in the sport since the Doha 2006 Games.


Kazuki Amagai, Yudai Nitta and Tomohiro Fukaya rode Japan to a games record in the men’s track cycling team sprint, but, unfortunately, the time came in the bronze final, so they had to be happy with third.


Yuto Iwasaki netted twice to give Japan a 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia in the men’s soccer quarterfinals. A Japanese men’s soccer team had not reached the semifinals of an Asian Games since 2010.


Reference: Asian Games: Unlikely sports deliver gold for Japan on Day 10


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