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Janis ColeFeb 23, 2017

South Korea won two gold medals in short track speed skating at the Asian Winter Games on Monday, an early indication the hosts of the 2018 Winter Olympics could be regaining their dominance of the sport.

KAZINFORM Kazakhstan stands the fourth in medal count of VIII Asian Winter Games being held in Japanese city of Sapporo, Kazinform correspondent reports.

With South Korea's Pyeongchang staging the Winter Olympics in 2018 and Beijing hosting the event four years later, a third successive Winter Games in Asia would underline the region's growing presence on the global sporting stage.

Seo Yi-ra won the men's 1,000m title, with fellow South Korea taking silver.

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Japan took the bronze medal. He had the combined time of 2:19.37 after two runs, while Yohei Koyama of Japan got the gold with 2:17.51.

The first medal of the day came from the slopes at Sapporo Teine, where Kim Hyeon-tae won the silver medal in the men's giant slalom.

China's Zang Ruxin was second, while Gong Naiying, also of China, was third.

"For worldwide delegations and sports fans, they also offer a foretaste of the experience that awaits them at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games".

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In the men's 1,000m, a third South Korean, Lee Jung-su, finished third.

South Korean alpine skier Kim Hyeon-tae competes in the men's giant slalom at the Asian Winter Games at Sapporo Teine in Sapporo, Japan, on February 22, 2017.

Lee Sang-ho of South Korea won the men's event with a time of 1 minute, 35.76 seconds to edge compatriot Choi Bo-gun by just 0.68 seconds.

A record 1,200 athletes and 32 National Olympic Committees competed in Sapporo 2017 and Mori added that the logistics behind the Asian Winter Games are important for Tokyo 2020 preparations.

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