The South Korean Handball Team won against North Korea 39-22 in women’s handball on Tuesday in the first inter-Korean showdown at the 18th Asian Games.
Jung Yu-ra led a balanced South Korean attack with a game-high 12 goals in the breezy Group A victory at GOR Popki Cibubur in Jakarta.
South Korea will next face India on Thursday at the same venue.
South Korea is the defending champion in women’s handball, and the country has won six of the seven gold medals since the event was added to the Asian Games in 1990. North Korea won silver behind South Korea in 1998 but hasn’t reached the podium since.
South Korean Handball Team said afterward that it was a unique experience to face North Koreans.
“We were a bit nervous because we didn’t know anything about North Korean players,” said Jung, the top scorer. “When I fell down during the game, North Koreans came to me and asked if I was OK. I was really grateful.”
The Koreas will field unified teams in women’s 5-on-5 basketball, dragon boat racing in canoeing and three events in rowing. They will also march together behind the Korean Unification Flag at Saturday’s opening ceremony.