By Paul Osborne and Nick Butler in Incheon
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BREAKING NEWS: Hammer champion Zhang Wenxiu of China becomes the sixth athlete to fail a doping test at the Asian Games (scroll down to 18:40-19:08)


22:00 With that Iranian gold medal comes the end of the final evening of action here in Incheon.

Today, as usual, has been another frantic day of action in South Korea's third most populous city.

Zhang Wenxiu began an early evening frenzy with the news that she had become the sixth athlete here to fail a doping test. China proved once again to the world why it is the ultimate powerhouse in the sport of table tennis, while South Korea recorded a memorable victory in the basketball.

For those of you growing sad at these seemingly final words, don't worry. We will be back tomorrow to bring you coverage of the final seven gold medal events - three in karate, two table in table and two in soft tennis. 

There's also the matter of a certain Closing Ceremony to attend which promises to be a spectacular way to send home nine and a half thousand athletes who have competed at these Games.

Before then, as ever, have a goodnight and we'll meet you back here at 09:00 tomorrow morning for the final day of the Incheon 2014 Asian Games.


South Korean coach reflects on superb basketball victory 

Quote marks"I feel absolutely honored. I think we just made a miracle. We honestly had 10 percent chance of winning in today's match, and we made it with our passion. I really thank my team."

"We lost horribly in the World Championships, which discouraged the team from playing hard. In order to overcome this situation, senior players in my team have encouraged young players and themselves a lot, making the atmosphere of the team. Of course, it was not easy at all. Through such efforts, I think we could beat Iran today. On top of that, we were so motivated since we hadn't won the gold medal for 12 years in the Asian Games."

"I had a really hard time leading the national basketball team for two years. I think other teams such as Japan, Kazakhstan, Iran and the Philippines get better as time goes by. So, we need a long-term plan to teach young players starting with the basic skills. This is because Korean players are weak at basic defense and offense skills compared to other international players." - South Korea basketball coach Yoo Jae-hak after winning gold earlier this evening.

Iran take first gold in men's volleyball

Incheon 2014 gold medal21:30 And there goes the final gold medal of the evening. Iran is the nation to pick it up as they continue their recent volleyball dominance to take victory in the men's final over at the Songnim Gymnasium.

Their second set blip appears to have been only temporary as they bounced back to win the final two 25-19, 25-19.

The score is a complete reversal of that at the 2010 Asian Games in Gunagzhou and shows the transformation of the Iranian team over the past four years.

Iran have won the men's volleyball title here at the Asian Games for the first time in their history ©AFP/Getty Image

Incheon 2014 gold medal21:10 Things keep getting better and better for Iran's Farzan Ashourzadehfallah. A gold at the Asian Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan earlier this year, has now been added to with gold here in Incheon.

The 17-year-old secures a relatively comfortable victory against Nursultan Mamayev in taekwondo's men's under 58kg category to double his gold count for the year.

Down 4-2 coming into the final period, the Iranian went all-guns blazing in the third and final period, scoring five points with no return to secure the win.

Wei Chen Yang of Taiwan and Yuma Yamada of Japan take the bronze medals in this contest.

Gold medallist Iran's Farzan Ashourzadehfallah poses during the medal ceremony of the taekwondo men's under 58kg final ©Getty Images

21:01 There's a great tussle happening at the Songnim Gymnasium where Iran and Japan are going head to head for men's volleyball glory. 

Iran took the early lead after winning the opening set 28-26, only for Japan to level the tie with a 25-23 second set. Iran are back in front now following a 25-19 third with just a point between the sides in the ongoing fourth set.

Japan ruled men's volleyball in Asia for large periods of the 1970s, 80s, 90s and 00s. They took Olympic gold in 1972 as well as seven World Championship titles from 1975 to 2009.

Iran have taken that mantle in recent years' however, winning the Asian title in 2011 and 2013 while also finishing sixth in the most recent World Championships. 

They are in the driving seat in this one and I'm tipping them to go all the way...

Incheon 2014 gold medal20:53 South Korean world and Asian champion Taehun Kim is at it again here on home soil as he picks up gold in the men's under 54kg taekwondo final.

It was Kim's dream to win gold here in Incheon, according to his bio anyway. That dream has become a reality today as he decimates 2014 Youth Olympic champion Huang Yu Jen with a 14-3 scoreline.

Bronze medals go to Mongolia's Tumenbayar Molom and Thailand's Ramnarong Sawekwiharee.

Incheon 2014 gold medal20:44 Another gold to tell you about in the taekwondo where China's Li Donghua has sealed victory in the women's over 73kg final. 

The win comes against Iran's Akram Khodabandeh in a repeat of the Asian Championships final in Tashkent, Uzbekistan earlier this year.

Li won that encounter, and has done the same again today, edging to a 10-8 victory in a frantic final two periods.

The score was all square at 0-0 after the first buzzer before Li snapped up the initiative in the second period. Her lead of 5-3 coming into the decider was a large enough cushion for the win as both competitors went gun-hoe for points in a chase for top prize.

There were rare golds for Tajikistan and Macau in the battle for bronze as Mokhru Khalimova and Wang Junnan came out on top in the playoffs.

China's Li Donghua poses with her gold medal after the women's over 78kg taekwondo final ©Getty Images

20:38 It was nice to see a round of applause go up as South Korea sealed that magnificent win in the basketball. I think it was maybe the first time these Games that every monitor has been flicked to the same channel with all eyes on the wonderful final. It was a great fightback from Iran but South Korea really put their bodies on the line at the end to ensure they kept hold of that ball and held out for the win.

China beat China for table tennis double...

China's Chen Meng and Zhu Yuling have sealed the women's table tennis doubles title here ©Getty Images

Incheon 2014 gold medal20:24 China have put on a brilliant spectacle in the women's doubles table tennis final with a 4-2 scoreline delighting the local fans.

The result was in favour of world number six and seven Zhu Yuling and Chen Meng as they recovered from a mid-match lapse to win the gold.

The pair had looked on course to take a simple 4-0 victory as they opened with back to back set wins against compatriots Liu Shiwen and Wu Yang. 

Liu and Wu hit back in the next two games, however, recording repeat 11-8 scorelines to lie the match at two apiece.

The fightback didn't though, as Zhu and Chen bounced back to take the final two games 11-3, 12-10 and seal one of Chinese most prized possession - table tennis gold.

First Cambodian medal in taekwondo, a gold!

Seavmey Sorn celebrates a historic gold medal for Cambodia ©AFP/Getty Images

Incheon 2014 gold medal20:16 There's been a first Cambodian medal of these Games, and it's gold! Seavmey Sorn kicks her way to victory in the final of the women's under 73kg taekwondo event, beating Iran's Fatemeh Rouhani.

Down 3-1 after the opening period, Sorn was totally dominant in the second, scoring five points without response to put her firmly in the driving seat. A 1-1 tie in the third period cemented the win for the Cambodian in an incredible moment for the nation.

That's a first ever gold medal for the country after first competing at the 1954 Games in Manila, Philippines. Kuwait's M A M Al Fahad Abrar and Filipino Kirstie Elaine Alora secure the two bronze medals.

20:11 We will bring you some photos and more reaction from that magnificent basketball match when we get it, but time for another overview of what is happening elsewhere on the final evening of action here in Incheon...

Gafurova Guzaliya (top) en route to karate gold ©Getty Images

South Korea taking on Iran in men's basketball thriller

Incheon 2014 gold medal20:09 That means South Korea win the gold! A cheer goes up in the press room, the loudest I've heard so far. And that final quarter was utterly compelling. Only in sport can the momentum switch like that, so many times, on the blink of an eye, or in this case the scoring of a basket. Cruel for Iran, but they have to settle for silver.

Japan took the bronze medal with a 76-72 win over Kazakhstan earlier. 

20:06 It's now 78-77. Two more free throws for Moon Tae-jong. He misses the first! Scores the second. So Iran have 12 seconds to score a basket to take us to overtime...They shoot, it misses, they get the rebound, half-shoot, it rolls around the rim, and is knocked out of play!

20:02 But then South Korea hit back. A three pointer, and then a missed chance by Iran, another basket, a host nation counter, a foul, and two successful free throws. Iran call a time out but they trail 75-78. What a riposte by South Korea. Less than 20 seconds left...

19:59 A brilliant third quarter by the Iranians and they led 61-58 with one quarter to go. And then it has been nip and tuck all the way. South Korea won in baseball, they won in football, but is the third part of the holy trinity going to slip away? Iran lead 75-70 in the fourth...

19:56 But, and speaking of a tense atmosphere, we are going to focus our attention on the end of the basketball for the time being... It is fast becoming an absolute thriller!

Chaos at the cricket

19:50 There are lots of taekwondo titles now ongoing, but a moment to reflect on the cricket, where there were chaotic scenes at the end of the match as Sri Lanka defeated Afghanistan. Despite their best efforts of the security, the supporters were all on the pitch congratulating the players at the end.

But after a tournament dictated by empty seats, it was great to see a real atmosphere there today. 

Supporters cheer on Sri Lanka in the cricket ©AFP/Getty ImagesA pitch invasion in the cricket
Final two karate titles go the Kazakhstan and Iran

Incheon 2014 gold medal19:45 The final medal of today's karate competition went to Kazkahstan's Guzaliya Gafurova. In easily the closest contest of the day, the Kazakh seals a vital yuko score more than her opponent, Tang Lingling of China, to edge to a 4-3 victory in the women's under 68kg final.

The pair scored an ippon apiece to see the score level at 3-3 but an all-important yuko score gave the Kazakh the edge as she wins a first Asian Games title here in Incheon. Bronze medals are claimed by Malaysia's Shree Sharmini Segaran and Taiwan's Chao Jou.

Incheon 2014 gold medal19:37 But success elsewhere. Iran are next to revel in a golden shower as men's under 60kg 2012 world champion Amir Mahdi Zadeh seals victory in the karate.

The Iranian landed a solid ippon to ensure a three point margin between himself and Jordan competitor Abdel Rahman Tayel Hayel Almasatfa with the scoreline ending 6-3 in favour of Zadeh.

A silver is still a silver, though, and the 18-year-old teen from Jordan should still be happy with that. Bronzes here go to South Korea's Jihwan Lee and Vietnam's Duy Nguyen Thanh.

South Korean flag19:30 It all got a bit nervy for the hosts in the basketball. After leading 25-16 after the first period, Iran came out swinging in the second, reducing the lead to just two points in an early onslaught. South Korea kept their composure, though, regaining a six point cushion to come in 42-36 ahead at the half-time break.

Another great North Korean moment of success at Incheon 2014

19:25 We're expecting to see lots more Chinese success, or domination rather, in the final three table tennis events here in Incheon. But the mixed doubles earlier, remember, was won by the North Korean pair of Kim Hyok Bong and Kim Jong, the reigning world champions, who outclassed their Hong Kong opponents Jiang Tianyi and Lee Ho Ching 12-10, 12-10, 10-12, 11-6, 11-6 in the final. The ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) have just sent over this analysis...

Quote marks"The right and left handed competition were cheered on loudly by the local South Korean public who were shouting out 'We Are....', and the North Korea contingent replying '....One' in a sign of unity between the people of the two countries.

So emotional was the win, both players were crying on the podium, when their national anthem was played in the stadium, the same as they did at the 2013 World Championships. When asked about this, Kim Hyok Bong replied: 'In 2013 when we became world champions, we got a lot of love from our people and we were very thankful. We wanted to win the gold medal here again to get the feeling of love from our people again, as well as repay them for all the support that they have given us, which made us very emotional."

Here is a great video of the pair returning to North Korea following their World Championship success. They really are national heroes north of the border...

Evening medals action on day 14: basketball, karate and table tennis

Incheon 2014 gold medal19:21 It's taken just 33 minutes for Ma Long and Zhang Jike to wrap up men's doubles gold in the table tennis. The pair have obliterated their Chinese compatriots Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin to stroll to a 4-0 victory in the final.

As we mentioned earlier, the winning duo are not competing in the singles event, so maybe that played a factor in this comfortable victory? I'm afraid we're unlikely to find the answer to that, though. All we know is that the world number three and four have sailed to a 14-12, 11-3, 11-7, 11-6 victory against the world number one and two, to wrap up gold inside the Suwon Gymnasium.

Incheon 2014 gold medal19:15 Wen Tzu Yun has put in a dominant display to win the women's under 55kg karate gold as she overcomes Kazakhstan's double Asian Championships bronze medallist Sabina Zakharova.

Five yuko scores and a waza-ari were the difference for the Taiwanese athlete as she records a 7-1 scoreline to take the win.

Bronze medals go to Japan's Miki Kobayahi and Mae Soriano of the Philippines.

19:10 Right, I'm sure we will return to this latest doping case in a moment, but back to the sport for now, and South Korea have gained the early momentum in their gold medal clash with Iran in the men's basketball final.

The hosts have taken a 25-16 lead into the first break as they push for a third Asian Games title, and first since 2002. Iran are a team on the rise, however, and with three Asian Championship victories in the last four, they're not a team that can be ruled out quickly.

As we alluded to at 17:28, this final will be a huge disappointment for China who would have fully expected a berth following seven titles in the last nine years. Their quarter-final round robin defeats to Japan and Iran put an end to an eighth title, however, leaving the door open for Iran and South Korea to burst through.

Hammer gold medal winner and Beijing 2008 medallist Zhang Wenxiu fails doping test

19:08 We are going to move away from this for the time being now, but a couple of final statistics for you. Zhang's throw here put her fourth in the IAAF top list, but she is hardly the first hammer thrower to have tested positive. London 2012 Olympic champion Tatyana Lysenko of Russia served a two year ban from 2007 until 2009 for using methylandrostendione, losing all her results from the period including a world record. 

Another Chinese thrower, Wang Zheng (left) will be promoted to gold in the women's hammer ©Getty Images

19:00 This is the first time a Chinese athlete has tested positive during an Asian Games since Hiroshima 1994. Then, 11 members of the Chinese swimming and cycling teams, winners of a  total of 15 titles between them, were disqualified after failing tests for Dihydrotestosterone, a steroid.

It also means there have now been the same number of positive cases, six, as there were in Guangzhou 2010 four years ago. Two athletes were stripped of silver medals then, in comparison with two being stripped of gold here. 

What is Zeranol?

18:56 Zeranol is a non-steroidal estrogen agonist. It is a mycotoxin, derived from fungi in the Fusarium family, and may be found as a contaminant in fungus-infected crops. It is three to four times more potent as an estrogen agonist than the related compound zearalenone.

Zeranol is approved for use as a growth promoter in livestock, including beef cattle, in the United States. In Canada, it is approved for use in beef cattle only. Its application is not approved for use in the European Union.

Zeranol increases cancer cell proliferation in already existing breast cancer. There are mixed results to whether zeranol has anticancer or carcinogenic properties in non cancer containing breast cells depending on dose. Overall evidence points to zeranol being a risk factor and promoter for cancer. However, dietary exposure from the use of zeranol-containing implants in cattle is insignificant.

A sixth case at Incheon 2014

18:50 Zhang becomes the second athlete to be stripped of a gold medal during these Games, following Malaysian wushu player Tai Cheau Xuen, whose disqualification was confirmed yesterday after an unsuccessful appeal had been lodged to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Tajikistan footballer Khurshed Beknazarov, Cambodian soft tennis player Yi Sophany, Syrian karate competitor Nour Aldin Al-Kurdi and Iraqi weightlifter Mohammed Jasim Abbood Al Aifuri have also failed tests during the Games. 

Zhang Wenxiu celebrating after initially taking gold in the hammer ©Getty Images

18:45 The 28-year old also won the hammer title at Doha 2006 and Guangzhou 2010. She also won bronze medals at the Osaka 2007, Daegu 2011, and Moscow 2013 World Championships, as well as at the 2008 Olympic Games.

She won here in Incheon with her best ever throw, a PB and Asian Games record of 77.33m. She also holds the world junior record with 73.24, achieved in June 2005 in Changsha.

Compatriot Wang Zheng finished second in the final of Sunday (September 28), meaning she should now be promoted to gold. Bala Manju of India initially placed third, so will now win silver, while Masumi Aya of Japan will be promoted to bronze. 

18:40 Some big news to report now, as we have our sixth failed drugs test of the Games. In a statement sent out moments ago by OCA Medical Committee & Anti-Doping Commission chairman, Dr. M. Jegathesan, it is explained that Chinese hammer thrower Zhang Wenxiu's pre-competition urine specimen collected on September 26 was found to contain Zeranol and its metabolite (ß-Zeranol), a prohibited substance in the WADA Prohibited List 2014. 

This substance is a non-specified substance under category S1.2 Other Anabolic Agents of the list.

She has been disqualified from the competition as well as these Games and as such his accreditation cancelled; and her gold medal that she initially won has been withdrawn. These findings will now be forwarded to the competitor's national authorities, the Asian Athletics Association and the IAAF, and the World Anti-Doping Agency for further action on their part as per sanctions concerning eligibility.

Kazakhstan take their fifth and sixth gold medals in boxing

Zhanibek Alimkhanuly of Kazakhstan is awarded his middleweight title ©AFP/Getty Images

Incheon 2014 gold medal18:26 Make that six for Kazakhstan! Ivan Dychko has beaten another Iranian opponent, Jasem Delavari, on a unanimous decision to win the super heavyweight division. A super performance to win the last bout of the Games and upgrade the silver medal in he took in Guangzhou. 

Incheon 2014 gold medal18:17 Anton Pinchuk of Kazakhstan may have given a few centimeters in height and reach against Ali Mazaheri of Iran, but Pinchuk made up for it with attitude and quickness, as he managed to defeat Mazaheri in the heavyweight final on a unanimous decision and continue his country's remarkable gold rush in boxing.

That is a fifth gold of the day for Kazakhstan in boxing! Park Nam-hyeong of South Korea and Ihab Mahmoud Darweesh Almatbouli of Jordan take bronze.

18:10 In the table tennis, the men's doubles final we previewed earlier is underway (see.13:31). Ma Long and Zhang Jike, the duo who aren't even playing in the singles here, have taken the first set against Xin Xu and Fan Zhendong. We won't bother with yet another Chinese flag...

18:04 So, we're heading into our final evening of action here at the Asian Games. This time tomorrow all the sport will be over and we will be thinking about the Closing Ceremony. A couple more boxing finals to wrap up now, but we have karate, volleyball, basketball, taekwondo and table tennis to come tonight. Here's a preview of the karate...

Accreditation photo of Paul Osborne"We're drawing towards the business of the karate now as the final bronze medal contest wraps up. The karate competition has differed to many combat sports here in Incheon in the fact that two weight categories were played out in their entirety this morning, the men's under 55kg and women's under 61kg, with the remaining three following this afternoon. 

The first of these finals, women's under 55kg, pits Kazakhstan's double Asian Championships bronze medallist Sabina Zakharova, against Taiwan's 2011 East Asian Games bronze medallist, Wen Tzu Yun. This final will then be followed by the men's under 60kg final where Abdel Rahman Tayel Hayel Almasatfa is hoping to continue Jordan's recent medal successful in his bout with Iran's 2012 world champion Amir Mahdi Zadeh. The final contest of the day brings together defending bronze medallist Tang Lingling of China and Kazkahstan's Guzaliya Gafurova as the battle for gold in the women's under 68kg final."
- A preview of this evenings medal action in karate.

China complete clean sweep in diving

Chinese flag17:55 They might have struggled in team sports but China's record in diving is simply magnificent. They have won every gold medal in the sport since Tehran 1974! That is a total of 70 gold medals! The last time China didn't win an Asian Games diving title Mao Tse-tung was still in charge and the Cultural Revolution was still going on!

Qiu Bo en route to diving gold ©AFP/Getty Images

Incheon 2014 gold medal17:46 And more success for China, inevitably, in diving, as China make it 10 out of 10 with a 1-2 finish in the men's 10m platform event. Utter dominance as Qiu Bo ranks first with 576.40 points, while Yang Jian was second with 526.95.

Woo Ha-ram of South Korea took bronze with 499.40.

London 2012 silver medalist Qiu proved his worth and  led the competition from the second round, scoring steady 8.9 average till the end. The highlight was when he successfully performed the reverse 3½ somersault tuck, scored 10.0 average and earned more than 100 points with a single dive.

Yang hit the water surface rough after the arm stand back triple somersault pike in the third round, but his steady performance before and afterwards was more than enough to secure his silver.

For Woo, it started off nicely as he was in the lead after the first dives. Compared to the Chinese, Woo's dives were less difficult, but Woo managed flawless dives in each round, scoring average 9.0 in the fourth and fifth round, keeping his place in third. Woo scored not only close to 500 points, but also won three bronze and two silvers at his first Asian Games.

Incheon 2014 gold medal17:38 Back in the boxing and Kazakhstan are going from strength to strength in the ring, as Adilbek Niyazymbetov added yet another boxing gold for the country by defeating the home favorite Kim Hyeong-kyu of South Korea on a split decision in the light heavyweight category.

Bronze medals for Ehsan Rouzbahani of Iran and Oybek Mamazulunov of Uzbekistan. 

China not doing that well after all? 

17:28 Before we turn our attention to the diving, and the inevitable Chinese victory, it is interesting that, while we have been eulogising about how dominant the Chinese have been, a Chinese journalist has told me that many people back home are disappointed with elements of the performance. 

This is particularly the case in team sports, where there have been no gold medals in football, basketball and volleyball, three of the sports favoured by Chinese President Xi Jinping, with this the first major Games since he took over the job in 2012. The world's most populous nation's only team titles have come in women's water polo and rugby sevens. Added to that, there have been several high profile losses in badminton and no mixed doubles medals in table tennis.

Another table tennis loss and the Games will be considered a national disaster... 
Guo Jianli crossing the line to win gold in modern pentathlon ©Getty Images

Sri Lanka claim gold in cricket

17:17 That is Sri Lanka's first gold medal at an Asian Games for 12 years, since two were won at Busan 2002, and the first time they have ever won in a sport other than athletics! Bangladesh, remember, won the bronze medal earlier with a victory over Hong Kong.

Incheon 2014 gold medal17:13 The cricket is all over. Sri Lanka have won it by 68 runs after dismissing Afghanistan for 65. They might have made the final by virtue of a lucky coin toss but this was a brilliant and ruthless performance. They never allowed their opponents to settle, with all five Sri Lankan bowlers proving effective and all five taking wickets. 

The 2014 world champions were also spearheaded by a brilliant batting performance from Hettige Thirimanna, who scored 57 off 37 balls.  

More success in the ring for Kazakhstan

Incheon 2014 gold medal17:05 Another result to bring you in boxing, where Zhanibek Alimkhanuly of Kazakhstan easily defeats Odai Riyad Adel Alhindawi of Jordan, 3-0 on a unanimous decision, in the middleweight category to win the third gold medal. It's turning into another great afternoon for the Kazakhs, who have now taken three gold medals and have more chances to come.

Krishan Vikas of India and Wilfredo Lopez of the Philippines were the two bronze medallists in this event. 

Daniyar Yeleussinov is named the winner in the welterweight division ©AFP/Getty Images

Double gold in modern pentathlon for China

Incheon 2014 gold medal16:55 That means, there is no change in the team standings and China take gold, Japan the silver and South Korea the bronze! China therefore win three out of the four available titles in the sport. 

Incheon 2014 gold medal16:47 Guo Jianli of China takes the gold medal in the men's modern pentathlon individual competition after crossing the line first, with the sixth fastest time, in the combined run-shoot finale. South Korea's Jung Jin-hwa places second overall and Japan's Shohei Iwamoto crosses the line third.

For the record, the quickest in the final discipline is Vladislav Sukharev of Kazakhstan 

16:42 A few more results to bring you now after a frantic few minutes...

The "Mobot"...or a heart shape?

16:36 We have solved a two-week-old mystery here this afternoon. If you cast your minds back to our Opening Ceremony live blog (Scroll down here to 21:42-21:49) our editor Duncan Mackay was rather bemused by the fact actress Lee Young Ae did what appeared to be a "Mobot", the celebration made famous by double Olympic and world 5,000m and 10,000m champion, Mo Farah, when lighting the Asian Games Flame.

Well... the South Korean papers are full of pictures of rhythmic gymnast, Son Yeon-jae, doing the exact same pose following her gold medal last night...

Son Yeon-jae on the front cover of the Incheon 2014 daily newspaper this morning ©ITG

Armed with my copy of the paper, I set off to the transport desk - not sure why I went there - for more information. And, rather obviously, this is the, heart-shaped, symbol for love. "It is a very common thing for Koreans to do," I am told.

Boxing, cricket and modern pentathlon update

Incheon 2014 gold medal16:28 Daniyar Yeleussinov of Kazakhstan defeats Israil Madrimov of Uzbekistan in the latest boxing gold medal match, 3-0 in the welterweight division. A great event for central Asia this one, as Turkmenistan also pick up bronze, courtesy of Serdar Hayayberdiyev. The other goes to Apichet Saensit of Thailand.

Sri Lankan flag16:20 It's all going wrong for Afghanistan in the cricket. They eased to 20 without loss after three overs, and then lost wicket, two wickets and three wickets. More wickets are falling now as Jeevan Mendhis takes three of them for Sri Lanka, and that score is beginning to looking fairly insurmountable so far as the Afghans are concerned. 

16:12 Success for China following the showjumping section of the modern pentathlon. Shohei Iwamoto from Japan actually got the best score in the event with a riding score of 297. But with three events under his belt, Guo Jianli of China continues to keep his number one spot overall with a score of 867. Han Jiahao of China stays in second with a score of 863, and, rising to third, is Jung Jin-hwa of South Korea, with a score of 857.

China have also taken the lead in the corresponding team event, ahead of Japan as South Korea drop down to third. The concluding run-shoot discipline has just started, so we will keep you up to date with that over the next few minutes. 

Thailand and Mongolia take boxing titles

Incheon 2014 gold medal16:06 And another gold medal for Thailand. Wuttichai Masuk defeats South Korea's Lim Hyun-chul in in the light welterweight finals, also 2-1 on points. After their two wins earlier, the host nation has been defeated in a judged final at these Games! It was a very close one which could have gone either way, as well.

The two bronze medals went to Aziz Bebitov of Turkmenistan and Masatsugu Kawachi of Japan. 

Incheon 2014 gold medal15:57 A few more boxing medals to bring you, while I have been getting nostalgic about English County towns. Mongolia's Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu has beaten Charly Suarez of the Philippines in the lightweight final, after a 2-1 points victory. 

A good win for Mongolia following a quiet through days after their great start to these Games. The two bronze medals went to Satoshi Shimizu of Japan and Obada Mohammad Mustafa Alkasbeh of Jordan. 

Asian Para Games

15:50 In a seamless link, this is a great opportunity (I amaze even myself sometimes) to plug our big interview with International Paralympic Committee President Sir Philip Craven this week, after the organisation passes its silver anniversary. Read it here: Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee, sets out three key challenges for next 25 years

The Asian Para Games are also coming up in a couple of weeks, right here in Incheon from October 18 to 24. 

Anuradha Cooray competing at the 2013 London Marathon ©Getty Images

15:44 Speaking of Sri Lanka, the name of one of the runners in the marathon rang a massive bell earlier. And it turns out Anuradha Cooray of Sri Lanka, who ran a solid 2:15:31 this morning for sixth place, currently lives in the English county of Buckinghamshire and competes for the Vale of Aylesbury Athletic Club.

I recognise the name because he finished fourth in the 2008 Stroud Half Marathon in my local town, in another English county, Gloucestershire. Down in about 200th place on that day, was a sweaty, unfit, gangling 18-year-old, who has only got less fit over the subsequent six years...It was my half marathon debut, and not a pleasant experience, I seem to recall. 

Aylesbury is just 18 miles away, so a standard Sunday morning training run for Cooray, from Bletchley where the insidethegames office is located!

Arguably more importantly, Aylesbury is also the town that houses Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where the International Wheelchair Games (or Stoke Mandeville Games) were organised by Dr. Ludwig Guttmann in 1948, the forerunner, of course, for the Paralympic Games! I was last there in March for a spectacular Paralympic Flamelighting Ceremony ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics...

An Afghan fightback in the cricket?

Afghan flag15:36 An update from the cricket, and a really good fightback from Afghanistan, as Sri Lanka are all out for 133 with five balls to spare. Considering they were 100 for 3 after 13 overs, that is a fantastic fightback by the underdogs - I think it's fair to call them that. Mohammad Nabi Eisakhil was the hero, with four wickets for 18 runs.  

This game is well and truly on, and even the weather has joined the party, with bright skies and lots of sun cream in evidence on the players. Ever since I started watching cricket, players have always worn this very bright white sun cream, so looking like they have painted their face. I have never seen anyone else in other walks of life wear sun cream like this, as far as I can recall. I will put it down as one of the many peculiarities of cricket. 

Nine out of nine for China in diving

Incheon 2014 gold medal15:29 A result to bring you from the diving now, and China haven't won! Only joking... they have, they always do in this sport. China dominated in fact, in the women's 3m springboard event, as He Zi defended her title with 374.45, and Wang Han placed second with 359.30 points. Cheong Jun Hoong ranked third with 327.10, to win the first individual diving medal for Malaysia.

He and Wang were the first two during the competition from start to finish, far ahead of their competitors. Both performed dives of at least 3.0 levels, while most of the others chose 2.6 level dives, aiming to get higher points with easier dives.

However, the gap between the Chinese divers and the other competitors widened even more as He and Wang showed solid performances, scoring  average 8.4 in each round. He's final performance of the forward 2½ somersault 1 twist pike scored 76.50, and Wang's most difficult dive of all rounds, the forward 3½ somersault tuck earned 75 points, which was more than enough to secure their spots on the podium. Cheong, who started off as fifth, jumped up after the second round with her forward 3½ somersault pike with 8.5 average in all elements, and kept her place in third.

South Korea's Kim Suji in the 3m springboard diving ©AFP/Getty Images

Incheon 2014 gold medal15:22 A result from the table tennis now, and no Hong Kong comeback as Kim Hyok-bong and Kim Jong of North Korea defeat Lee Ho Ching and Jiang Tianyi 4-1 (12-10 12-10 10-12 11-6 11-6) in the mixed doubles final. 

China, who were hoping to take all seven titles in the sport for the second Games in a row, don't even win a medal after their two pairs each lost in the quarter-finals. Ai Fukuhara and Seiya Kishikawa of Japan, and Jeon Ji-hee and Kim Min-seok of South Korea, take the two bronzes.  

Congratulations from Sheikh Saoud

Qatar flag15:16 From our perspective, the Qatari team have also been far and away the best "tweeting NOC" of these Games. We should start some insidethegames awards to rival Samsung...

The GCC, incidentally, that Sheikh Saoud mentions, refers to the Gulf Cooperation Council, a security and economic union of Gulf States, set up in 1981, also consisting of the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. 

Bahrain lies close behind Qatar with nine golds. Saudi Arabia has won three, Kuwait two and the UAE one. No medals for Oman, but some good performances nonetheless, especially in handball. 

15:13 Time for some summing up now, with the Games over so soon. Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, the secretary general of the Qatar Olympic Committee, has lauded the "glorious achievements made by Qatar sport teams" during the Asian Games.

Quote marks"Winning the seventh place overall at the Asian level and the first place at the GCC and Arab level is a great pride and honor for our beloved country Qatar. Indeed, it is a great achievement, because it is the first time in our history in Asian Games to win 10 gold medals and four bronze medals, such achievement came to light as outcome of the great support given by Qatar wise leadership to the sport movement. We proudly submit our deep congratulations to HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir (The main Supporter for the  sport and Athletes) for these glorious achievements." - Sheikh Saoud also lauded the "great effort and wonderful performance" showed by the Qatari athletes at the Games, revealing he has given a letter of thanks to all administrative and technical staff and sport federations and clubs who supported the teams during the Games.
These comments were made late last night, with Qatar having since slipped to ninth place on the table after success for India and North Korea this morning. He also does not refer to the origin of most of the athletics and handball gold medal winners. But still, a fantastic performance from the Qatari team, who, as he pointed out, are currently the regional sporting power... 

A second boxing gold for South Korea

Incheon 2014 gold medal15:07 Speaking of boxing, and another gold medal to report as South Korea's Ham Sang-myeong defeats China's Zhang Jiawei in the bantamweight final.

Some excellent description from the Incheon 2014 report on this one. Ham, we are told, "wanted to get down and dirty right at start. He kept himself low and tried to drive in, but Zhang was batting him away from deadly shots on the outside. Zhang was landing hits from all angles with uppercuts, left and right hooks, and body shots.

Zhang was avoiding everything Ham was throwing at him. Ham's previous style of blitzing wasn't going as well as it did in his other fights. Ham was reaching in too strong, and Zhang was ready for that. He ducked and weaved past most of Ham's attempts and countered with devastating right hooks and left straights. However, Ham did land some good shots, but they weren't enough to take the fight.

As the crowd cheered his name, Ham tried once more to take the fight inside. Zhang kept his composure and used a lot of his energy dodging Ham's punches. The two fighters were tired out in the third round, and the one to throw more punches would take the gold. Ham kept up his pace and tried to hit Zhang as much as he could." The gold went to Ham 3-0 by unanimous decision, with the two bronze medals being taken by Kairat Yeraliyev of Kazakhstan and Mario Fernandez of the Philippines. 

Twitter logoVery good day for India at the Asian Games. Congrats to our Hockey Team & congrats to our women athletes for the Gold in 4x400 metres relay. - Fresh from his visit to the United States, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets following his nation's success yesterday.

15:00 After that emotional boxing photo earlier, here's one of contrasting emotions after the kabaddi earlier, as India celebrate and Iran try to console themselves after losing a match they should surely have won. 

Contrasting emotions following the kabaddi final ©AFP/Getty Images

14:53 It's going very well for North Korea in the table tennis, meanwhile. Kim Hyokbong and Kim Jong are 3-1 up against Lee Ho Ching and Ng Wing Nam of Hong Kong, and one game away from victory. With everything that's going on in Hong Kong politically at the moment, it would be great if they could grab gold, but it doesn't really seem likely from here....

Sri Lankan success in the cricket

14:50 In the Media Centre, I have just turned over the television from the taekwondo - the South Korean national sport - to cricket - a sport barely played here. No complaints from anyone yet...but I'm not sure if the local journalists on my table really agree with my switch. "," one exclaims, with enthusiasm that I'm not completely sure is genuine. "The father sport of baseball."

"No, your thinking of rounders," I reply. I am then completely out of my depth, as he starts asking technical questions relating to the size of the pitch and the bats...

Sri Lankan flag14:42 Hettige Don Rumesh L Thirimanna has hit a half century off just 34 balls has leads the Sir Lankan charge in the men's cricket final.

An exit for Upul Tharanga Warushavithane does not seem to have disrupted the the favourites' rhythm as they sit on 92 for two after 12 overs.

Table tennis mixed doubles final

14:31 Back to the table tennis now where the mixed doubles final has just begun.

This is the only table tennis final of the day not to feature a Chinese player after both Chinese pairings were defeated in the quarter-finals by today's finallists.

Kim Hyokbong and Kim Jong fly the flag for North Korea (although I wouldn't advise that here...) while Lee Ho Ching and Ng Wing Nam hold the hopes of Hong Kong.

North Korea have started the better of the teams as they power to a 2-0 lead.

In the earlier matches, China's women had followed in the footsteps of the men by booking their places in an all-Chinese final. The duo of Liu Shiwen and Wu Yang defeated North Korea 4-1, while Zhu Yuling and Chen Meng got the better of Hong Kong by the same scoreline.

The men's boxing finals take to the ring

"I thought I would cry when I won gold medal, but now, I just can't think of anything and I can't cry. I don't know why, but I guess it's because I am so happy that my tears don't drop. I still can't believe it yet. But I feel so great that I achieved my goal. Hopefully, my colleagues do their best and we can have a chat in the room later on today. I feel so great. Thank you for supporting me." - Jonghun Shin reacts to his gold in the men's light flyweight boxing division

Jonghun Shin has struck gold in the men's light flyweight boxing division ©AFP/Getty Images

Incheon 2014 gold medal14:21 Phew, this one is close! A 2-1 split decision has gone the way of Kazakhstan's Ilyas Suleimenov in the flyweight decision as the world number 19 gets the better of Uzbekistan's 2013 Asian Championships silver medallist Shakhobidin Zoirov.

One judge gave this one as a clear cut 30-27 to the Uzbek, while the two either side have favoured the Kazakh, scoring 29-28 in his favour.

South Korea open boxing with gold

Incheon 2014 gold medal14:10 South Korea open the boxing with a win in the light flyweight, as 2011 World Champion silver medallist Jonghun Shin records a unanimous 3-0 points decision over Kazakh boxer Birzhan Zhakypov.

The Kazakh took silver four years ago and will have to settle for the same result again as Shin gets the call of the judges. 

No reports of foul play in this one, not yet anyway. But we'll keep you update. There's no need to be cynical about all the host's gold medals, I guess. 

China eye another diving gold

14:04 The women's 3m springboard final is just getting underway at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center where China's Olympic and Asian Games champion He Zi will be the likely favourite. She will face competition by her team mate Wang Han, however, but it is likely to be a Chinese victory there... Again.

Before we look more into that, it's time to head to the Seonhak Gymnasium where men's boxing finals are getting underway

Modern Pentathlon update

13:58 Athletes have come to the end of the swimming in the modern pentathlon now as they continue their day of sport here in Incheon.

China lead the way with a one, two, three in the overall competition with Guo Jianli, Han Jiahao and Su Haihang sitting on 581, 573 and 564 points respectively. South Korea's Jinhwa Jung is tied with Su in third.

Despite their dominance atop the individual table, it is South Korea who currently lead the team competition as the hold a 12 point cushion over the biggest rivals.

Han led the way in the swimming for China as she finished in a time of 1:59.14 for 343 points, just one clear of South Korea's Woojin Lee. Woojin Hwang and Jung came in third and fourth for South Korea, each scoring 339 points, with China's Su five points further back on 334.

The Chinese team trails due somewhat to the 506 scored by their fifth competitor Zhang Linbin, who finished a disappointing 14th in the swimming to garner just 316 points.

There's still a long way to go in this, however, as we move into the horse riding..

Miraculous turn around gives India kabaddi gold 

Incheon 2014 gold medal13:42 A huge sigh of relief has just been seen pluming across India. The men's kabaddi team have, somehow, managed to turn their gold medal final on its head as they record the narrowest of 27-25 victories to continue their unbeaten run at the Asian Games.

What a let off for the Indian team who were trailing by eight points last we heard.

After that lackluster performance in the first half the Indian coach must have given some inspirational words of advice (or warning) during the break as the team powered to a 14-4 second half tilting to snatch the win from under the noses of Iran.

You have to feel for the Iranians, but they more than any should know that you just can't let slip such a huge margin against such a formidable opponent if you want to be dominant on the international stage... 

India have overturned an eight point deficit to win gold in the kabaddi ©Getty Images

China on course to dominate the table tennis

Chinese flag13:31 We've got our finalists in the men's table tennis doubles; cue drum roll......

And it's China versus China! 

The pairing of world number one, four-time world champion, four-time Asian champion and 2010 Asian Games champion Xu Xin, and world number two, three-time world junior champion, two-time Youth Olympic champion and 2014 world champion Fan Zhendong will meet world number three, 10-time Asian champion, six-time world champion, three-time Asian Games champion and 2012 Olympic champion Ma Long, and his partner world number four, five-time world champion, two-time Olympic champion, two-time Asian champion and two-time Asian Games Champion Zhang Jike.

Quite the dominant foursome that lot...

Both teams had to come from behind to win their semi-final encounters, with Xu Xin and Fan Zhendong beating Singapore while Ma Long and Zhang Jike beat Japan. Both Games ended 4-1 to the Chinese pairings.

The women are up now with China also present in both semi-finals there.

It's looking to me like a white wash there..

Fan Zhendong and Xu Xin fight back from a game down to beat Singapore and book their spot in the final of the table tennis doubles ©Getty Images

13:15 We've been given an update on the Samsung MVP awards this morning (or afternoon) time seems to merge into one here). Any-who, Park Dal-hwa, the director of the press relations bureau has given a brief statement of the timing of the awarding ceremony....

Quote marks"It is scheduled for tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. but we will have to confirm the time later today. It may change because one nominee (Kosuke Hagino) is already back in Japan. If he wins he would have to fly back to Incheon." - So a kind of non-confirmation for us. We'll keep you updated though.

Iranian flag13:08 India have never not won an Asian Games kabaddi tournament, six out of six on the men's side and two out of two in the women's. But they are trailing now to Iran. Are we going to see history later? They beat Iran 37-20 in the men's final four years ago in Guangzhou, but the gap has clearly closed since...

More Thai success in sepak takraw

13:02 A significant medal that one, because it means Thailand have risen to sixth in the medals table and are now leading that four-way tussle we mentioned earlier (see 11:50). They also have a boxer, Wuttichai Masuk, coming up in the light-welterweight final later so could win another. Is our prediction about India winning this race going to come back to haunt us? 

And, good gracious, Iran are leading India in the men's kabaddi final! It is 21-13 at the halfway point!

Incheon 2014 gold medal12:55 Thailand's men's regu team have won a fifth successive Asian Games gold in the event by defeating South Korea 2-0 (21-16, 21-14) in the final a few moments ago. It's the same final, and the same result, from the women's event earlier, with Malaysian and Myanmar picking up the two bronze medals this time around. 

Bangladesh win the bronze medal in cricket

Bangladesh flag12:45 And a result to bring you from the cricket now as well. Hong Kong finish on 135 for 7 from their 20 overs, so they have fallen 27 runs short of their target, and Bangladesh win the bronze medal! A good respite for them after their coin-tossing disaster yesterday. The final between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka is coming up later. 

12:40 Excellent. Excellent. No sooner have we called for more photos of the cricket then a load appear... I don't think this one will win awards, but a chance to see a lovely, well, cover drive, lofted off drive, I'm not too sure really, but a lovely shot by the Bangladeshi batsman as they piled on the runs against Hong Kong earlier.

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