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Kazakhstan tops Japan for second straight Asian Games gold

Kazakhstan have successfully defended their Asian Games title after winning the 2014 edition in Incheon, South Korea by topping Japan 7-6 in the final on Wednesday. Kazakhstan claimed a second straight gold medal for the second time in their participating history after a run that included three straight titles between 1994 and 2002 before China claimed gold at the 2006 edition. The 7-6 final score was the same as the score in the 2010 edition gold medal final in Guangzhou, China where the Kazakh side edged hosts China. This time Japan was the opponent but things looked good right from the start for favorites Kazakhstan grabbing a 1-0 lead at quarter-time and a 4-2 advantage at half-time. It even went better after the break as the Japanese trailed 6-3 going into the final period. Then however things changed and Japan started a comeback, led by Koji Takei (playing for Honvéd in Hungary) and Mitsuaki Shiga, who scored 2 each. The one goal that Kazakhstan managed to score in the 4th quarter proved vital as therewith the slim lead was consolidated as Kazakhstan held on to win 7-6. Third place was claimed by China who defeated hosts South Korea 14-6 in the bronze medal match. Veteran Feihu Tan, set to play for Florentia in the Italian serie A1 league this season, was a standout shooting 5-for-6 in the contest.


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Wednesday, 1 October:

China vs. South Korea 14-6 (4-1, 0-2, 5-1, 5-2) - 3rd/4th place
Kazakhstan vs. Japan 7-6 (1-0, 3-2, 2-1, 1-3) - 1st/2nd place

Previous results


Thursday, 25 September:


China vs. Japan 9-12 (2-4, 4-4, 2-2, 1-2)
Singapore vs. Hong Kong 13-4 (3-2, 3-0, 4-2, 3-0)
Kazakhstan vs. South Korea 18-6 (4-1, 6-1, 4-3, 4-1)

Friday, 26 September:


Japan vs. Kuwait 21-8 (7-2, 5-2, 3-2, 6-2)
Hong Kong vs. Kazakhstan 0-24 (0-6, 0-6, 0-10, 0-2)
South Korea vs. Singapore 9-8 (3-2, 3-2, 2-2, 1-2)

Saturday, 27 September:

Kuwait vs. China 4-18 (0-5, 2-5, 2-5, 0-3)
South Korea vs. Hong kong 15-6 (6-3, 3-1, 3-2, 3-0)
Singapore vs. Kazakhstan 9-20 (0-7, 2-4, 4-4, 3-5)

Monday, 29 September:

Singapore vs. China 5-25 (1-7, 0-8, 1-4, 3-6) - Match 25
South Korea vs. Kuwait 11-9 (3-3, 4-3, 3-3, 1-0) - Match 26

Tuesday, 30 September:

Singapore vs. Kuwait 10-6 (1-2, 1-2, 5-0, 3-2) - 5th/6th place

Semifinals:
Kazakhstan vs. China 11-9 (1-2, 3-1, 0-2, 2-1; penalties: 5-3)
Japan vs. South Korea 13-5 (3-4, 1-1, 2-0, 7-0)

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