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Japan drew with Pusan Asian Games gold medal winner South Korea 22-22 on Wednesday, the second day of the Asian Olympic qualifiers for men’s handball, to keep alive its hopes of competing next year in Athens.

The seven-man Japanese team led after the first half 11-8 thanks to devastating shots by ace attacker Daisuke Miyazaki and captain Yoshio Nakagawa, but the visitors, who have never lost to Japan in their past 14 matches, rebounded in the second half to tie the score late in the game.

Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan are taking part in the round-robin competition with only the winner gaining an Olympic ticket.

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