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‘Deeply emotional’: Unified Korea win tearful Asian Games bronze

first_imgDepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Members of the Unified Korea team celebrate with their bronze medals during a medal ceremony for the women’s canoe 200m traditional boat race at the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang on August 25, 2018. AFP PHOTO/ADEK BERRYA Unified Korea team featuring athletes from North and South Korea won dragon boat bronze for their first medal at the Asian Games on Saturday.The highly symbolic all-Korean team, competing together after a rapid improvement in cross-border relations, came in behind China and hosts Indonesia in the women’s 200 metres race.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs The athletes were in tears afterwards as they sung “Arirang”, a traditional Korean folk song, to celebrate winning their medal.“I was deeply emotional,” said South Korean canoeist Eun Jeong-byun. “We’re divided and forbidden from seeing each other but we both know the same song and speak the same language.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“By singing that song, we felt we were one nation — yet we aren’t able to see each other.”The two Koreas have also joined forces in rowing at the regional Olympics as well as women’s basketball, in which they lie second in their group after three wins out of four. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View comments The North Korean athletes hardly knew what dragon boating, a traditional form of canoeing, was until the team came together 20 days ago.“I was initially worried about there being a barrier between us (the two coaches),” said South Korean coach Yeong Kang-geun.“But the North Korean coach told me I could do whatever I wanted and he would cooperate because he didn’t know much about dragon boating.“That happened on the first day, within five minutes, so we became close very quickly.”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.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The two Koreas had paraded together and formed a joint women’s ice hockey team at February’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, setting the scene for an unprecedented warming of ties.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Iran’s Moradi breaks 94kg weightlifting world recordlast_img

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