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JAKARTA, Aug. 26 (Yonhap) -- South and North Korean athletes made more Asian Games history in canoeing on Sunday, as the unified dragon boat racing team won the gold medal in the women's 500 meters.

This was the first gold medal by a joint Korean team at an international multi-sport event, and the second medal of any color after the bronze medal by the women's team in the 200m dragon boat event.

The 16-member team on Sunday finished the 500m race in 2:24.788, beating China by 0.304 second.

Before the Asian Games here, the Koreas had joint teams at the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships, 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship, 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, 2018 World Team Table Tennis Championships and 2018 Korea Open table tennis event. They won the women's team gold medal at the 1991 ping pong worlds and then the mixed doubles title at the Korea Open.

The Koreas don't have a unified team in table tennis in Jakarta, having instead combined teams in canoeing, rowing and women's basketball.

The Koreas failed to win a medal in rowing. The women's unified basketball team reached the semifinals with a 106-63 win over Thailand in the quarterfinals on Sunday.

The dragon boat gold medal will not count toward the tally for either South Korea or North Korea but will instead be awarded to "Korea."

   South Korea did get two gold medals to its credit, with sport climber Chon Jong-won delivering the first of those in the men's combined event in Palembang, the co-host city with Jakarta.

After the speed, bouldering and lead events, Chon had six total points at Jakabaring Sports City Sport Climbing.

The climbers' ranking positions in the three disciplines are multiplied, and the one with the lowest total wins. Chon was first in bouldering, second in speed and third in lead.

Earlier on Sunday, Sa Sol and Kim Ja-in picked up silver and bronze, respectively, in the women's combined event.

South Korean sport climbers Kim Ja-in, Chon Jong-won and Sa Sol (L to R) hold up their medals from the 18th Asian Games at Jakabaring Sports City Sport Climbing in Palembang, Indonesia, on Aug. 26, 2018. Chon won gold in the men's combined event, while Sa and Kim took silver and bronze, respectively, in the women's combined event. (Yonhap)South Korean sport climbers Kim Ja-in, Chon Jong-won and Sa Sol (L to R) hold up their medals from the 18th Asian Games at Jakabaring Sports City Sport Climbing in Palembang, Indonesia, on Aug. 26, 2018. Chon won gold in the men's combined event, while Sa and Kim took silver and bronze, respectively, in the women's combined event. (Yonhap)

The day's second gold medal for South Korea came from the track, as Jung Hye-lim won the women's 100-meter hurdles title at GBK Main Stadium in Jakarta.

Jung finished first in 13.20 seconds, 0.13 second faster than Emilia Nova of Indonesia. Lui Lai Yiu of Hong Kong got the bronze with 13.42 seconds.

South Korea failed to win any gold from track and field at the 2014 Asian Games, and Jung's medal was the country's first athletics gold in Jakarta.

In men's 3-on-3 basketball, South Korea earned a hard-fought silver after falling to China 19-18 in overtime.

The team of An Young-jun, Kim Nak-hyeon, Park In-tae and Yang Hong-seok battled Chen Gong, Huang Wenwei, Xiao Hailiang and Zeng Bingqiang to the very end, But China got the two points it needed to clinch the gold medal in OT, with Huang scoring the winning bucket.

The 3-on-3 basketball event made its Asian Games debut here. The South Korean women's team lost in the quarterfinals earlier in the day.

Elsewhere on Sunday, South Korea collected two silver medals along with a bronze medal in the men's and women's golf competitions.

Jung Hye-lim of South Korea clears a hurdle during the women's 100-meter hurdles final at the 18th Asian Games at GBK Main Stadium in Jakarta on Aug. 26, 2018. Jung won the gold medal in 13.20 seconds. (Yonhap)Jung Hye-lim of South Korea clears a hurdle during the women's 100-meter hurdles final at the 18th Asian Games at GBK Main Stadium in Jakarta on Aug. 26, 2018. Jung won the gold medal in 13.20 seconds. (Yonhap)

Oh Seung-taek won the men's individual silver medal at 10-under 278 -- one stroke behind the champion, Keita Nakajima of Japan -- and helped South Korea to third place in the team event behind Japan and China. On the women's side, South Korea won silver in the team event behind the Philippines.

Also on Sunday, South Korea sent the men's and women's compound archery teams to their respective finals.

The men's team of Choi Yong-hee, Kim Jong-ho and Hong Sung-ho defeated Malaysia 235-229 in the semifinals at GBK Archery Field in Jakarta. They will face India in Tuesday's final.

The women's team of Choi Bo-min, Song Yun-soo and So Chae-won got past Iran 231-228 in their semifinals. South Korea will also take on India in the final on Tuesday.

South Korea has a chance to sweep all three compound gold medals here, as the mixed team of Kim Jong-ho and So Chae-won will compete in the final on Monday against Chinese Taipei.

Shooter Kim Min-ji won bronze in the women's skeet competition, unable to defend her gold medal.

The national baseball team, under the brightest spotlight as it chases its third straight Asiad gold, lost its opening preliminary game to Chinese Taipei by 2-1. The lineup boasting who's who in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) mustered only six hits against three amateur pitchers from the Taiwanese industrial league.

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