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South Korean women's handball team win their 7th Asiad gold medal

02 September, 2018, 09:28 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Flagbearers Lim Yung-hui and Ju Kyong-chol of Unified Korea lead their contingent. Beawiharta Reuters

Son was part of the South Korea team that won against Japan in the Asian Games football final on Saturday.

Athletes who win gold at the Asian Games - silver or bronze is not enough - are exempt from the service, which lasts at least 21 months, meaning it was a narrow escape for captain Son and his team-mates.

The defending champions beat Japan 2-1 after extra time in steamy Cibinong, West Java as Lee Seung-woo and Hwang Hee-chan scored the goals that will allow 26-year-old Son to see out his new five-year deal with Spurs. Also, as ESPN points out, medaling at the Olympics earns an exemption.

Yoo Seung-jun, a popular singer in the 1990s, had to give up his career in South Korea after he was accused of evading military service by becoming a U.S. citizen. But Son did his part in extra time, delivering the assist on the winning goal and keeping his professional career on track.

"This was a really tough game but we knew that it would be, for everyone". It has been a tough time here but we pulled together and the team spirit was special.


"I am so thankful to Tottenham because they let me go, normally it's not easy to do", Son said, dedicating his gold medal to his country. They are so special'.

For many of us, it's hard to comprehend what that must be like.

"I'm not going to wish luck because I haven't so far and I don't want to be the person who wishes him luck and then something wrong happens! ".

Son has proven to be a key man for Spurs under Pochettino and the Argentine will be hoping to welcome him back as a tournament victor soon.

The victory for Son and his teammates added to the Korean medal tally, bringing it to 49 golds at the games, the third highest total for this edition of the tournament, after Japan and table-topping China.

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