North and South Korea battle - on the wrestling mat

November 24, 2010 06:18

GUANGZHOU, China — The match started with a handshake and ended with a little hug, the muscular Koreans refusing to acknowledge the military and political tensions back home.

Wrestlers from North and South Korea faced off on the Asian Games mat Wednesday, the morning after the two countries exchanged artillery fire near their disputed sea border. Two South Korean marines were killed and the international community appealed for calm following the dramatic confrontation.

But there was nothing out of the ordinary in the match between North Korea's Yang Chun Song and South Korea's Kim Dai-sung in the men's freestyle 66 kilogram division, as athletes and coaches tried to keep the focus on sports.

Yang won 3-0, dominating the competition in which the men were literally hand-to-hand.

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