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Korea gets Latin fever with a trio of DanceSport gold medals

27 September, 2017 (09:58)
Tags: Korea, DanceSport, China, Kyrgyzstan, Japan, Vietnam

South Korea got into some gold medal rhythm at the Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, as Latin fever shimmied into Taekwondo DanceSport Arena.

Both nights of DanceSport events saw packed crowds swept up in the music and colour of the competitors' high-tempo, kick-stepping routines and bright costumes.

On Tuesday, the Korean team took three gold to upstage favourites China.

Kang Munseong and Park Jisoo led the way for their Korea, with a narrow victory over China in the Cha-Cha-Cha and Rumba disciplines.

“We were only focused on our own dance and did not look at the scores of the other couples, so we did not know it was so close," Kang said. 

“We have done a lot of specific training and all that hard work has paid off at these Games."

Korean teammates Nam Gi Yong and Shin Nara added another gold in Jive.

There was one more gold for China, as Yan Bangbang and Zhu Jing won the Paso Doble, which added to the four China won in Standard dances on Monday 25 September.

Aleksei Kibkalo and Tatiana Kogadei registered the highest mark of any couple as they swooshed their way to gold in the Samba for Kyrgyzstan.

Japan and Vietnam were the other nations to take gold in the 11-events over the two days, as China topped the table with five golds, two silvers and a bronze.

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