Unified Korea team grabs historic gold at Asian Games

It was the first gold at a major Games for a Unified Korea team, and came nearly three decades after their last title together.

The two Koreas took gold with a time of two minutes and 24.788 seconds, edging past China on 2:25.092.   -  AFP

Athletes from North and South Korea combined to win an Asian Games gold medal for the first time in their history with victory in the women's 500 metres dragon boating on Sunday.

The two Koreas took gold with a time of two minutes and 24.788 seconds, edging past China on 2:25.092.

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It was the first gold at a major Games for a Unified Korea team, and came nearly three decades after their last title together - in the women's team event at the 1991 world table tennis championships.

At last week's opening ceremony, the Korean teams marched together behind the Unified Korea flag, held aloft jointly by South Korean women's basketball player Lim Yung-hui and North Korean footballer Ju Kyong Chol.

They also competed together in women's ice hockey at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February, an event that ushered in a series of reconciliatory moves.