[Asian Games] First North-South Confrontation in 5 Years... Table Tennis Gold Medal, Women's Soccer Lost in Quarterfinals
Women's volleyball also plays in the quarterfinals... Women's basketball may face off again in bronze medal match.
The sports stage is where the thawing mood or the current state of frozen inter-Korean relations is best revealed.
Riding the warm wind, North and South Korea formed a single team called 'Korea' in some sports at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang in the same year, but turned to 'confrontation' in all sports at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games.
The confrontation between North and South Korea heated up the Hangzhou Asian Games during the six-day Chuseok holiday.
First, on September 30, the day after Chuseok, women's soccer lost 1-4 to North Korea in the quarterfinals, failing to advance to the semifinals for the first time in 25 years.
It gave rise to many backlashes, including the tournament organizing committee's uneven group composition, controversy over referee qualifications, and North Korea's sharp reaction to the title North Korea or North Korea.
Korea washed away the disappointment of women's soccer with table tennis.
Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee defeated North Korea's Cha Soo-young and Park Soo-kyung with a set score of 4-1 in the women's table tennis doubles match on the 2nd, giving their country their first championship in 21 years.
The team of Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee previously won both North and South Korea matches and won the gold medal, including defeating the team of Kim Geum-yong and Byun Song-kyung 3-1 in the round of 16 of the women's doubles.
In the women's basketball match between North and South Korea held on the day of Chuseok, the Korean national team led by coach Jeong Seon-min defeated North Korea 81-62.
The female basketball players, who had a meal together as 'Korea' at the Asian Games five years ago, were divided this time and fought without saying a word to each other for victory.
Depending on the results of the tournament, the North and South Korean women's basketball teams may clash again for the bronze medal.
Table tennis team Jang Woo-jin and Jeon Ji-hee also defeated North Korea's Yu Yu-seong and Kim Geum-young 3-2 in the mixed doubles round of 16 on the 28th of last month.
Ahn Ba-ul, in the men's 66kg judo class, played the first inter-Korean match against North Korea's Lee Geum-seong in the round of 16 on September 24, winning half of the match in overtime (golden score).
However, in the same event, Han Hee-joo in the women's 70kg class lost to North Korea's Moon Seong-hee by foul in the round of 16.
Women's boxers Lim Ae-ji (Hwasun County Office, 54 kg class) and Oh Yeon-ji (Ulsan Metropolitan City Sports Council, 60 kg class) each lost to North Korea's Bang Cheol-mi and Won Eun-kyung by unanimous decision in the round of 16.
The women's volleyball quarterfinals group stage, which will be held on the 5th, will also be held against North and South Korea.
They must beat each other to advance to the semifinals.