Asian Games 2018

Asian Games (triathlon) - Japan wins gold medal in triathlon mixed relay

Asian Games (triathlon) - Japan wins gold medal in triathlon mixed relay

indonesian's Triathlon team on 2018 Asian Games, Sunday (2/9). (ANTARA FOTO/INASGOC/Muhammad Adimaja/nz/18)

Palembang, S Sumatra (ANTARA News) - Japan won a gold medal of the 18th Asian Games` triathlon mixed relay event, held at the Jakabaring Sport City in Palembang, South Sumatra, on Sunday.

Represented by Yuka Sato, Jumpei Furuya, Yuko Takahashi, and Yuichi Hosoda, the Japanese squad won the multi-sport race with a record of 1:30:39 while the silver and bronze medals were bagged by the teams of South Korea and Hong Kong respectively.

With this victory, Japan grabbed the whole gold medals contested in the 18th Asian Games` triathlon events.

On Saturday, Japan`s Yuko Takahashi also won the gold medal in the elite women`s event. Her victory was followed by Jumpei Furuya who bagged a gold medal for the elite men`s event.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian team just finished ninth out of 13 squads contesting in the triathlon mixed relay event, which was firstly contested at the Asian Games.

Each team has two men and two women. According to the rules, each of them should complete the 300 meters swim, 6.7 kilometers bike and 2.1 kilometers run.

Indonesia is hosting the Asian Games for the second time this year after Jakarta was selected as the venue for the Asian sporting event in 1962.

This year, Jakarta and Palembang are co-hosting the games from Aug 18 to Sept 2. By virtue of its hosting the 2018 games, the country aims to secure a place among the top 10 largest sporting events.

At this world`s second-biggest multi-sport event after the Olympics, some 15 thousand athletes from 45 countries are competing in 462 events across 40 sports, of which 32 are Olympic sports.

The Olympic sports are Aquatics, Athletics, Fencing, Weightlifting, Basketball, Handball, Badminton, Baseball/Softball, Cycling, Equestrian, Golf, Wrestling, Hockey, Judo, Karate, Canoeing and Kayaking, Sailing, Shooting, Modern Pentathlon, Archery, Sport Climbing, Rowing, Rugby, Gymnastics, Roller Skating, Football, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Boxing, Triathlon, and Volleyball.

The non-Olympic sports are Bowling; Bridge; Cricket; Kabaddi; Martial Arts, including Jujitsu, Kurash, Pencak Silat, Sambo, and Wushu; Mechanical Sports, such as Paragliding and Jet Skiing; Squash; and Sepak Takraw.

Reporting by FB Anggoro

Editing by Rahmad Nasution