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Taiwan picked up gold medal in the Men’s 3000m roller skate relay at the Asian Games in hilarious circumstances, after the South Korean leader picked the wrong time to celebrate what should have been a stunning win. 

South Korea have already picked up an impressive 131 medals at the Games – behind only traditional powerhouse China (257) for medals won – but will be ruing their luck after Jung Cheol-won managed to snatch silver from the jaws of gold. 

With the South Korean trio leading the way as the finish line approached, Jung chose to lift his arms in victory just shy of the end in Huangzhou, China.

However, he perhaps did not realise that Huang Yu-lin of Taiwan was hot on his tail as the race approached a thrilling climax. 

As a result of his premature celebrations, the South Korean saw gold fall through his fingers at the very last moment, losing out by a hundredth of a second to hand Taiwan a memorable victory, taking their medal tally to 38.

Huang Yu-lin (left) pipped Jung Cheol-won (right) to the finish line after premature celebrations from the South Korean

Jung raised his arms at the finish line under the impression that he had won gold for his country

South Korea have won the second-most medals of any nation at the Asian Games so far but took home silver rather than gold in the Men’s 3000m roller skate relay

‘I made a rather big mistake. I didn’t come at full speed to the finish line. I let my guard down too early,’ said Jung after letting his concentration slip at the pivotal moment.

‘I am very sorry. I apologise to my team-mates and to our fans who supported us. We all worked very hard together for this, and it’s all my fault.’

It capped a perhaps disappointing Games for Jung, who was also narrowly edged out of the 1000m sprint final by compatriot Choi Gwang-ho on Sunday 

While team-mates Choi and Choi In-ho joined Jung on the podium to receive their silver medals, the Taiwanese trio have Huang’s quick thinking to thank for their shock gold. 

Huang admitted that he spotted the lapse from Jung, and drew on lessons from his trainer to pip the South Koreans to the post.  

‘I realised they were celebrating, but I wanted to tell them, while you were celebrating, I was still fighting,’ he said.

‘I wasn’t sure whether I had reached the finish line in time.

‘I thought it was such a shame that I was just a little bit short, and then the results came up on the screen showing that I had won by one hundredth of a second, and it was just a miracle.’

Huang (centre) was joined by Chao Tsu-cheng (left) and Chen Yan-cheng (right) on the podium

Huang admitted that it was a ‘miracle’ he was able to snatch a gold from under Jung’s nose

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