(Photo: © FIH / Stanislas Brochier)

South Korea, which failed to clinch a medal at the last Asian Games in Doha, came in line for regaining the Gold Medal won last in 1998, after beating Japan in needle match of the women’s hockey competition at the Asian Games in Guangzhou on Monday.

By Mr S Thyagarajan

Korea will clash with the defending champion, China, in the final slated for Wednesday.

In a keenly contested tie, the Koreans enjoyed a better share of the exchanges, although Japan, which needed a win to be in the final bracket, made a gallant bid right through. Helped by the goals from Kim Jongsun, the Koreans picked up full points to contest the Wednesday’s medal final against China, the defending champion.

Earlier, China which is in quest for a hat-trick of gold medals - it won in 2002 and 2006 - beat India by two goals to one.

The results:

Women: Malaysia 5 (Siti Noor, Noir Hidayah 2, Norfaraha Hashim, Sumantri) beat Thailand 0 HT 3-0.

Korea 2 (Kim Jongsun 2) beat Japan 0 HT 0.

China 2 (De Jianjao, Xiu Xiaoxu) beat India 1( Surinder Kaur) 0 HT 2-0.

Table of Points: Played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points:

China 6-5-1-0-31-4-16; Korea 6-5-1-0-24-5-16; Japan 6-4-0-2-21-7-12; India 6-3-0-3-24-6-9; Malaysia 6-2-0-4-12-18-6;Thailand 6-1-0-5-5-44-3; Kazakhstan 6-0-0-6-3-36-0.

** China, Malaysia, Thailand, and Japan were awarded five goals each after three Kazakhstan players were suspended for eligibility violation.