Son's last shot for military exemption at Asian Games

Spurs forward Son Heung-min has three chances of avoiding military service after reaching final

Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min is one win away from securing exemption from military duty after South Korea reached the final of the Asian Games.

The South Korean government rewards Asian Games gold medals and Olympic medals of any kind with an exemption from the compulsory 21-month national service.

Son is now representing his country at the Asian Games and if the team is successful, the squad will avoid having to take a break from their careers. Heo Ilyoung, who had 17 points including four triples in Korea's quarterfinal win over the Philippines last Monday, was held scoreless.

Hosts Indonesia increased their gold medal tally to 30 overall after claiming a further six titles in pencak silat today.

Meanwhile, South Korea won the silver medal in the men's team table tennis event, losing three-nil to China in the final.

Spurs fans were therefore celebrating on social media following South Korea's progression to the final.

At the end of day 11, China lead the medal standings with 102 golds, 67 silvers and 50 bronzes.

South Korea beat Vietnam 3-1 in the semifinal at the Pakan Sari Stadium outside Jakarta Thursday to set up the life-changing finale. Hwang Ui-jo, the leading scorer at the Asian Games, doubled Korea's lead in the 27th minute.

Darting in behind the Vietnamese defence, Hwang - hat-trick hero of Korea's 4-3 quarter-final win over Uzbekistan earlier this week - clinically hooked in his ninth goal of tournament.

Park's success with Vietnam has sparked similar scenes in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and elsewhere when he took the national team to the final of Asia's Under-23 Championship in January. I'm just anxious about one thing, they may become too aggressive because they really want to win.

China will be going for its eighth Asian Games basketball gold while Iran is gunning for its first.

Malaysia's Christina Grace Lai, center, is stretchered off after falling during warm ups before women's skateboard park final at the 18th Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018.

The top two nations will clash in Saturday's gold medal game.

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