By Agence France Presse
South Korea showed why they were the 4km team-pursuit favorites at the Asian Games by smashing the Asian record en route to gold on Tuesday in Qatar.
The Korean quartet swapped the lead with Iran until the sixth lap before making the final their own, finishing in 4:12.746, slicing 0.016 second off the previous record, which they set in Sydney in November. Iran had to settle for silver in 4:14.226.
“We weren’t expecting to beat the record. We knew it was good. This was all about winning the gold medal,” Park told Reuters.
Defending champions China took bronze, beating Japan in the third-place ride-off, breaking their national record in the process.
“I am satisfied,” said China coach Meng Xianwei. “We trained very hard but the team was only put together two months ago and they have not had enough time to mesh together.”