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N. Korea Defends Woman's Football Title at Asian Games


North Korea has successfully defended its title in women's football at the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, beating Japan in a penalty shootout, 4-2.

Neither team scored in regulation or extra time and the North Koreans converted all four of their kicks from the penalty spot. Earlier, China won the bronze medal with a 2-0 victory over South Korea.

In the women's field hockey final, China edged Japan, 1-0, while India took the bronze with a 1-0 triumph over South Korea. South Korea topped China in women's team archery (215-209), and the South Koreans also won the men's team title.

Hong Kong and Japan picked up gold medals in team fencing, and Indonesia and Vietnam earned golds in sepak takraw.

India won two of the three tennis gold medals at stake Wednesday.

Leander Paes won the men's doubles when he and Mahesh Bhuphati fended off six match points before beating Thailand's identical twins Ranchai and Sonchat Tariwatana (5-7, 7-6, 6-3). Paes also teamed with Sania Mirza to take the mixed doubles gold over Japan's Satoshi Iwabuchi and Akiko Morigami (7-5, 5-7, 6-2). Mirza had to settle for the silver medal in women's singles after losing in three sets to China's Zheng Jie (6-4, 1-6, 6-1).

At the boxing venue, China won its first gold medals in 16 years when Zou Shiming won the light-flyweight (48 kilogram) title and Hu Qing took the lightweight (60 kg) crown.

Joan Tipon of the Philippines won the bantamweight (54 kg) crown while Uzbekistan's Rustam Saidov won the super heavyweight (91 kg) division gold.

In cycling, Hong Kong's Cheung King Wai won the men's points race to give his team its second Asian games cycling gold medal. China's Guo Shuang won the women's sprint race and Japan's Tsubasa Kitatsuru won the men's sprint gold.

Former Dallas Mavericks player Wan Zhizhi scored 20 points to help lead China to the men's basketball final with an 86-58 win over Jordan. China will play Qatar in Friday's gold medal match after the hosts held off Iran in the other semifinal, 67-64.

With two more days of competition left, China has a commanding lead in the medals table with 147 gold medals. South Korea is second with 51 and Japan is a close third with 49.

Some information for this report was provided AFP.

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