Son's last shot for military exemption at Asian Games

Spurs forward Son Heung-min has three chances of avoiding military service after reaching final

Under the country's strict rules, a two-year spell of compulsory military service can only be avoided for a South Korea worldwide footballer if they are part of a side that either wins the gold medal at the Asian Games or claims a podium finish at the Olympics.

The team will face China in the final on Saturday.

Son has missed the start of the new season in an attempt to win gold at the Asian Games and avoid mandatory military service. "We fight for that, I don't need to say anything, you know".

Yuki Koike of Japan won the men's 200 in 20.23 in a photo finish, beating Yang Chun-han of Taiwan. The current squad proves out to be the dream team for Indian Table Tennis creating history one after another putting their best foot forward be it Asian Games, Cwgs or World Championships.

South Korea's Park Sanghoon had earlier won the men's 4,000m individual pursuit event after overlapping reigning Asian champion Ryo Chikatani of Japan in the final. Bunga Nyimas, who is 12, placed fourth for Indonesia.

If they do not, however, recent reports have suggested that next year's Asian Cup - which, unlike the Asian Games, is recognised by Federation Internationale de Football Association - could also see Son granted an exemption if South Korea win it for the first time since 1960.

China's second diving gold medal today came in the men's synchronised 10m platform with Chen Aisen and Yang Hao comfortably triumphing on 466.47 points.

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And, two minutes before the half-hour mark, Hwang Ui-jo doubled their advantage when he beat the offside trap to run onto Son Heung-min's incisive pass and coolly clipped a shot past Bui Tien Dung.

The defeat ended Vietnam's dream of reaching the final, and even winning the gold medal, but winning a bronze would be a stupendous achievement at the Asiad.

If Chinese Taipei beats Japan later Friday, then South Korea and Chinese Taipei will meet for the third straight gold medal game.

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After the game, Park was philosophical.

Vietnam's Van Tri Nguyen and Dinh Nam Tran won their respective men's pencak silat gold medal matches to break Indonesia's hold on the sport after the host nation won all 11 of the previous titles on offer.

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