China beats S. Korea for women’s volleyball gold


GUANGZHOU, China — China came from two sets down to beat South Korea 3-2 in the women’s volleyball final to end their overwhelming Asian Games gold-medal run with 199 titles Saturday. Kazakhstan beat North Korea 3-0 in the bronze medal play-off. China won their seventh volleyball title after taming their long-time rivals 21-25, 22-25, 25-10, 25-17, 16-14. It was the fifth time that the two sides clashed in the women’s volleyball final at the regional Olympics.

China have previously won all but one of the last seven Asian Games women’s titles as South Korea beat them into second spot in 1994. China overcame South Korea in the 1990, 1998 and 2002 finals, and tamed Japan in 1982, 1986 and 2006. At the world championships held in Japan earlier this month, South Korea beat China 3-0 in a group match.