It has been a day of symbolism at the Asian Games men's basketball competition in Busan, South Korea, with North Korean and South Korean players huddling at center court.

South Korea won the game, 101-85, but the victory was overshadowed when every player from both teams gathered at center court to the cheers of a capacity crowd. It was the first time North and South Korea have met in the men's basketball competition on the Korean peninsula.

Korea has been divided more than 50 years. Calls for reunification have grown in recent months and the sports competition is seen as a symbol of the hope of reconciliation.

Meanwhile in other competition, Kazakhstan defeated Hong Kong 82-77. In women's basketball, Japan beat Uzbekistan 101-83 and South Korea defeated Taiwan, 115-85.

At the swimming venue, Japanese and Chinese swimmers divided the gold medals, with China winning three golds and Japan taking the other three.

Chen Zho of China won the men's 100-meters freestyle race in 50.76 seconds. Takashi Yamamoto of Japan won the men's 100-meters butterfly in 52.59 seconds. Atsushi Nishikori of Japan took the gold in the men's 100-meters backstroke (55.17).

In women's competition, Qi Hui of China won the 200-meters breaststroke in two minutes, 24.01 seconds. Japan's Sachiko Yamada won the 400-meters freestyle race (4:07.23) and China took the 400-meters freestyle relay (3:40.95).

Thailand became the first nation to qualify for the quarterfinals of the men's football (soccer) tournament with a 3-1 win over the United Arab Emirates. South Korea also made the final eight with a 4-0 win over Malaysia and China reached the quarterfinals thanks to its 2-0 win over India.

China continued to gather more gold medals Thursday, winning six rowing races and taking all six of the gold medals in shooting. China's Zhang Nan also won gold in women's gymnastics, taking the individual all-around title ahead of Uzbek gymnast Oksana Chusovitina. It was the 16-year-old Zhang's second victory in two days.