Asian Games: North Korean twins, missing flag and other stories

North Korean twins, missing flag and other stories from the Asian Games

AFP| Last Updated: Sep 21, 2014, 18:07 PM IST
Asian Games: North Korean twins, missing flag and other stories

OUT OF THEIR DEPTH

The honeymoon resort of Maldives received one of the biggest cheers after finishing the women`s 4x100 metres freestyle relay swimming heats in five minutes, 11.81 seconds -- more than a minute-and-a-half behind pace-setters China. Aishath Sajina splashed almost the whole two lengths of her anchor leg alone as the other teams towelled off, wondering if etiquette allowed them to leave. When Sajina touched it triggered a huge roar, matched only by that of local hero Park Tae-Hwan`s appearance in the men`s 200m freestyle.

FLAMING OUT

The symbolic Asian Games flame was briefly snuffed out due to technical problems, officials said. The cauldron burning in the main stadium went out for about 10 minutes late on Saturday before being reignited. An organising committee official said the cauldron`s complicated structure, which creates a fountain-of-fire effect, may be to blame.

MISSING FLAG

The weightlifting competition`s first medal ceremony was delayed for about five minutes when the Indonesian flag went missing. The three medallists at the side of stage and an expectant audience waited until the red and white emblem was finally located and raised alongside the flags of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, as Indonesia`s Sri Wahyuni Agustiani mounted the podium to receive her 48kg class silver medal.

SISTER ACT

A pair of twins could make it a double success for North Korea in the women`s marathon. Twenty-one-year-old Kim Hye-Song and Kim Hye-Gyong are seasoned runners and 14th and eighth respectively at last year`s world athletics championships in Moscow. According to North Korean media, the twins started running marathons six years ago and were winning national youth titles within three months.