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Golfers help South Korea win its first team gold medal in 13 years at Asian Games

A MARTÍNEZ, HOST:

Good morning. I'm A Martínez.

This Sunday, Sungjae Im and Si Woo Kim helped South Korea win its first team gold medal in 13 years at the Asian Games. But the win brought the golfers more than a medal. The duo also got an exemption from 21 months of mandatory military service, a legal requirement for all able-bodied males ages 18 to 35 in South Korea. There's another exemption for South Korean athletes who win an Olympic medal. Gold records, however, don't count. Sorry, BTS.

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