Japan won three of the four gold medals available as the first skateboarding competition in the history of the Asian Games concluded here today at Jakarta Palembang 2018.
With skateboarding’s Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 on the horizon, the Japanese showed their preparations are going well at the Jakabaring Sport City SkateBoard Stadium.
Sixteen-year-old Sakura Yosozumi won the women’s park event with 66.66 points, ahead of compatriot Kaya Isa with 58.33 and China’s Zhang Xin with 44.00.
Kensuke Sasaoka, 19, won the men’s park with 76.00 points, followed by Indonesian duo Jason Dennis Lijnzaat on 68.33 and Pevi Permana Putra with 67.00.
Japan’s third gold of the day came from Keyaki Ike, 17, in the men’s street with 31.10 points, followed by Indonesia’s Sanggoe Darma Tanjung in silver with 30.50 and South Korea’s Eun Juwon with 25.40 for bronze.
The Philippines prevented a Japanese clean sweep of victories when Margielyn Didal won the women’s street with 30.40 points, ahead of Isa, who claimed her second silver medal of the day with 25.00, and Indonesia’s Bunga Nyimas with 19.80.
Skateboarding medal action came on the same day that China passed the 100 golds barrier by winning the women's teams artistic swimming event with 186.9395 points.
Japan were the silver medallists with 182.8690 points, while North Korea rounded out the podium with 170.8475.
There was also double successes for China today in the 20 kilometres race walking events, courtesy of Wang Kaihua in the men's and Yang Jiayu in the women's, as well as the two diving competitions.
In the women's synchronised three metres springboard, Chang Yani and Shi Tingmao came out on top with 335.70 points.
The runners-up with 298.23 points were Malaysia's Nur Dhabitah Sabri and Ng Yan Yee, who was making her return from a eight-month doping ban.
Ng failed a test for the weight-loss drug sibutramine at the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur in August 2017.
It meant she was stripped of the two gold medals she won at the event.
Ng won the 3m individual springboard title and also teamed up with Dhabitah Sabri to win the 3m synchronised springboard gold in Malaysia's capital.
China's second diving gold medal today came in the men's synchronised 10m platform with Chen Aisen and Yang Hao comfortably triumphing on 466.47 points.
South Korea's Kim Yeongnam and Woo Haram finished second with 406.05 points, while North Korea's Hyon Il Myong and Rim Kim Song came third with 395.04.
Hosts Indonesia increased their gold medal tally to 30 overall after claiming a further six titles in pencak silat today.
Sugianto Sugianto set the tone by winning the men's single event before Ayu Sidan Wilantari and Ni Made Dwiyanti prevailed in the women's double.
Indonesia then went onto win the women's team event prior to victories for Pipiet Kamelia in the women's class D 60 kilograms to 65kg, Hanifan Yudani Kusumah in the men's class C 55kg to 60kg and Wewey Wita in the women's class B 50kg to 55kg.
In all, the home nation won 14 of the 16 pencak silat gold medals on offer at Jakarta Palembang 2018.
Indonesia President Joko Widodo congratulated Prabowo Subianto, the chairman of the Indonesian Pencak Silat Association, for the country’s success in the martial art.
"Congratulations to my best friend," he said after watching the last day of competition with Indonesia's current vice-president Jusuf Kalla and former President Megawati Soekarnoputri.
The two finals in which the hosts were not represented today saw Vietnam twice taste victory at the expense of Malaysia.
Van Tri Nguyen beat Mohd Khaizul Yaacob 5-0 in the men's class J 90kg to 95kg final before Dinh Nam Tran defeated Mohd Fauzi Khalid by the same scoreline in the men's class F 70kg to 75kg gold medal match.
Among today's other stand-out performances was that of Japan's Yumi Kajihara, who won the gold medal in the women’s omnium track cycling event.
The 21-year-old dominated the competition that consisted of four disciplines - scratch, tempo, elimination and point race - and topped the podium with 138 points.
South Korea's Park Sanghoon had earlier won the men's 4,000m individual pursuit event after overlapping reigning Asian champion Ryo Chikatani of Japan in the final.
Elsewhere, South Korea claimed victory in two of the four judo finals held today with Jeong Bokyeong beating Japan's Ami Kondo in the women's under-48kg and An Baul defeating Japan's Joshiro Maruyama by ippon in the men's under-66kg.
Japan also suffered defeat in the men's under-60kg final, which saw Toru Shishime lose to Uzbekistan's Diyorbek Urozboev.
The country did have success, however, in the women's under-52kg final as Natsumi Tsunoda overcame South Korea's Park Dasol by ippon.
Medals were also awarded for the first time today in soft tennis with South Korea's Kim Jinwoong beating Indonesia's Alexander Elbert Sie 4-2 in the men's singles final and Japan's Noa Takahashi edging Chinese Taipei's Cheng Chuling 4-3 in the women's singles final.
At the end of day 11, China lead the medal standings with 102 golds, 67 silvers and 50 bronzes.
Japan are second with 52 golds, 47 silvers and 63 bronzes, while South Korea are third with 37 golds, 42 silvers and 50 bronzes.
For a full set of today's results, check out our Live Blog here.