Though not expected to go deep into the tournament, China's performance was seen as a disappointment, especially since they had been drawn in one of the easiest preliminary groups.
Cricket-governing body International Cricket Council (ICC) has been pushing for the game’s Olympic return with the shortest 20-over format and hopes it will find a place at the 2028 Games in Los Angeles.
Kenya-born Rose Chelimo was in the lead by the 30-kilometre mark and won in 2 hours, 34 minutes and 51 seconds.
Rikako Ikee clinches her fifth gold at the Asian Games—her seventh medal in total—to give her team an edge over China in the title count, with one more race to go on the sixth and final day of swimming.
The two Koreas have marched at previous Olympics opening ceremonies but never fielded a joint team at any multi-sport competition.
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