Home hero Cho Gwang-hee won gold in the men's 200 metre individual kayak sprint at the Asian Games in Incheon on Monday.
Cho became the first South Korean to top the podium in the K-1 discipline since the 1990 Asian Games.
The 20-year-old won in 35.464 seconds, finishing well ahead of Uzbekistan's Ernest Irnazarov (+1.067secs) and Japan's Seiji Komatsu (+1.290secs).
China's Qiang Li won the men's canoe single 200m sprint in 39.270secs, while Japanese pair Momotaro Matsushita and Hiroka Fujishima edged Uzbekistan in the men's kayak double 200m sprint.
A total of 12 medals were dished out in the canoe sprints, with Kazakhstan winning five.
Kazakhstan also won the gold in the men's beach volleyball, toppling China 21-15 21-10.
Alexey Sidorenko and Alexandr Dyachenko were too good for Jian Li and Cheng Chen, coasting to victory in just 32 minutes.
There was joy for Thailand's Jutatip Maneephan in the women's cycling road race as she beat Vietnam's Thi That Nguyen.
China - runaway leaders in the medal tally - claimed gold in the women's synchronised 3m springboard final.
Tingmao Shi and Minxia Wu teamed up to give China victory as action at the 17th edition of the Asian Games continued.