Koreans flex their muscles In Guangzhou

GUANGZHOU, China - Korea lived up to their billing as overwhelming favorites on the second day of the golf tournaments at the Asian Games.

Bidding for a second successive clean sweep of all four gold medals at stake, the Korean men and women stormed clear at the half-way stage in their respective team events.

With her second consecutive two-under-par 70 at the Dragon Lake Golf Club, Kim Hyun-soo opened up a four-shot lead in the women’s individual standings.

While Kim Meen-whee and Lee Jae-hyeok are menacingly poised in second and equal third respectively in the men’s individual standings, Miguel Luis Tabuena of the Philippines continued to defy the odds by maintaining top place among the men.

With a 36-hole team total of 418, the Koreans enjoy a seemingly unassailable 17-shot advantage from the Philippines in second place. Spearheaded by Rashid Khan, joint third individually, India are currently in the bronze medal position in the team event.

The Koreans are also threatening to run away with the women’s event, turning a two-shot overnight deficit from hosts China into a nine-shot lead with Chinese Taipei a further three shots back in third.

Since the sport made its Asian Games debut in 1982 in New Delhi, Korea has won eight golfing golds against Japan’s seven. The women's game was included in 1990.

This year, 78 men from 20 countries and 32 women from 11 countries are taking part in the golf event, an Asian Games record. Individual golds will be determined by four rounds of stroke play and team golds will be decided by cumulative scores.

MEN’S TEAM EVENT, FULL SECOND-ROUND STANDINGS: 1, Korea 418 (210-208); 2, Philippines 435 (218-217); 3, India 436 (227-209); 4=, Thailand 441 (226-215), Japan 441 (224-217); 6, Chinese Taipei 442 (224-218); 7, China 445 (227-218); 8=, Hong Kong 446 (226-220), Bangladesh 446 (224-222); 10, Singapore 447 (229-218); 11, Sri Lanka 451 (223-228); 12, Malaysia 465 (237-228); 13, Lebanon 478 (241-237); 14, Qatar 503 (265-238); 15, Macau 512 (257-255); 16, Vietnam 516 (262-254); 17, Saudi Arabia 517 (255-262); 18, Nepal 524 (270-254); 19, Mongolia 545 (286-259).

MEN’S INDIVIDUAL EVENT, LEADING SECOND-ROUND SCORES: 136 – Miguel Luis Tabuena (PHI) 68-68; 137 – Kim Meen-whee (KOR) 69-68; 139 – Rashid Khan (IND) 71-68, Lee Jae-hyeok (KOR) 69-70; 141 – Jason Hak Shun-yat (HKG) 74-67, Hung Chien-yao (TPE) 71-70; 142 – Satoshi Kodaira (JPN) 74-68; 143 – Mithun Perera (SRI) 69-74

WOMEN’S TEAM EVENT, FULL SECOND-ROUND STANDINGS: 1, Korea 281 (144-137); 2, China 290 (142-148); 3, Chinese Taipei 293 (148-145); 4, Japan 295 (149-146); 5, Thailand 299 (152-147); 6, Philippines 306 (157-149); 7, Malaysia 310 (158-152); 8, Hong Kong 317 (161-156); 9, India 321 (162-159); 10, Vietnam 364 (193-171).

WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL EVENT, LEADING SECOND-ROUND SCORES: 140 – Kim Hyun-soo (KOR) 70-70; 144 – Yan Jing (CHN) 69-75; 145 – Han Jung-eun (KOR) 74-71, Mamiko Higa (JPN) 71-74; 146 – Kim Ji-hee (KOR) 75-71, Yao Hsuan-yu (TPE) 75-71; 147 – Li Jiayun (CHN) 73-74

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