Alpine skier Jung Dong-hyun captured gold in the men's slalom at the Asian Winter Games on Saturday.
Jung led all skiers with the combined time of 1:37.10 after two runs at Sapporo Teine, finishing 2.08 seconds ahead of teammate Kim Hyeon-tae.
Hideyuki Narita of Japan won the bronze in 1:39.38.
Jung topped the field in the first run with 46.50 seconds, and was also the fastest skier in the second run with 50.60 seconds.
Jung's was the 15th gold medal here for South Korea, which came to the Sapporo competition aiming to capture at least 15 gold medals to finish in the top two in the medal race.
Jung, who was South Korea's flag bearer at the opening ceremony, said he was pleased to have done his part to help South Korea accomplish its goal in Sapporo.
"I hadn't given much thought to being the flag bearer, but when the opening ceremony started, I felt a great deal of responsibility," Jung said. "And fortunately, I was able to win the gold medal today, and it means so much to me. I knew this morning that we were sitting at 14 gold medals."
Jung won the gold in super combined at the 2011 Asian Winter Games in Kazakhstan, where his main events, slalom and giant slalom, were not contested.
"It was tough in 2011, but I was confident in the slalom and giant slalom here," said Jung, who finished fourth in the giant slalom earlier in the week.
|South Korean alpine skier Jung Dong-hyun competes in the men's slalom race at the Asian Winter Games at Sapporo Teine in Sapporo, Japan, on Feb. 25, 2017. (Yonhap)|
Despite his second career Asian Games gold medal, Jung knows he's a far cry from being a medal contender at the Winter Olympics next year in South Korea's PyeongChang. The 28-year-old said his goal is "to finish in the top 10" at the Olympics.
The Asian Winter Games will wrap up on Sunday.
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