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Japan's Yuki Koike, right, crosses the line ahead of Taiwan's Yang Chunhan to win the men's 200m final during the athletics competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Aug. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Men's 200m gold medalist Japan's Yuki Koike stands on the podium during the athletics competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Aug. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

JAKARTA (Kyodo) -- Japan's Yuki Koike won gold Wednesday in the men's 200 meters in a personal best 20.23 seconds at the Asian Games, defeating Yang Chunhan of Taiwan in a photo finish.

"I simply ran, trusting I would have a feel for the race," instead of thinking too much before the start, Koike said.

He crossed 0.002 ahead of Yan at Jakarta's GBK Main Stadium. The victory was Japan's first in the men's 200 since the 2006 games in Doha.

"This was my goal that I had been spoken of. But now that it has become a reality, I am a little stunned, wondering if this is really true," the 23-year-old said.

The Japanese men's 4x100-meter sprint squad later advanced to the final at the quadrennial games with the fastest qualifying time.

Ryota Yamagata, Shuhei Tada, Yoshihide Kiryu and Asuka Cambridge, who are trying to bring Japan its first Asian Games gold in this event since 1998, covered the stadium track in 38.20, winning their heat 0.68 ahead of sprint powerhouse China.

"This time I came here to just run the relay. By renewing a games record, we will aim for the gold medal (on Thursday)," Kiryu, the only Japanese to have run a sub-10 second 100, said.

The Asian Games record is 37.99, set by China in the 2014 games, in Incheon, South Korea.

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