North Korea captured its first three gold medals of the Asian Games in China's Hangzhou on Thursday, with gymnast An Chang Ok taking two and the other clinched in the women's team 10-meter running target range shooting.
An led a 1-2 North Korean finish in the women's vault with Kim Son Hyang and doubled her gold medal total in the uneven bars.
North Korea is making its first international multi-sport event appearance since the 2018 Asian Games, also known as Asiad, in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia. North Korea had not been participating in competitions due to its COVID-19 border controls.
China's Yu Linmin finished third in the vault at Huanglong Sports Centre Gymnasium. Japan's Mikako Serita captured the silver in the uneven bars, with China's Zuo Tong third.
In shooting, Paek Ok Sim, Pang Myong Hyang and Ri Ji Ye gave a military-style salute on the podium, shedding tears as their nation's flag flew high overhead.
Kazakhstan earned silver and Indonesia bronze.