The 1998 Asian Games (officially known as the 13th Asian Games) was a multi-sport event held in Bangkok, Thailand from December 6 to December 20, 1998. A total of 6,544 athletes from 41 Asian National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated in these games, competing in 376 events in 36 sports. This edition of the Games marked the addition of three sports—squash, rugby union and cue sports—to the list of Asian Games sports; squash was included after seven years of lobbying by the Asian Squash Federation.
Athletes from 33 NOCs won at least one medal, and athletes from 23 of these NOCs secured at least one gold; contingents from eight NOCs did not win any medals. China won the most gold medals (129) and the most medals overall (274), topping the medal table. South Korean athletes claimed 164 medals in total (including 65 gold), earning second spot on the table. Japan finished third with a total of 181 medals, including 52 gold. Host nation Thailand improved its medal-table rank compared with the last Asian Games held in Hiroshima, where it finished twelfth. In this Games Thailand ranked fourth in the medal table, with 24 gold and 90 medals overall.
1998 Asian Games medal table Wikipedia
The ranking in this table is consistent with International Olympic Committee convention in its published medal tables. By default, the table is ordered by the number of gold medals the athletes from a nation have won (in this context, a nation is an entity represented by a National Olympic Committee). The number of silver medals is taken into consideration next, and then the number of bronze medals. If nations are still tied, equal ranking is given; they are listed alphabetically by IOC country code.
A total of 1,225 medals (378 gold, 380 silver and 467 bronze) were awarded. The total number of bronze medals is greater than the total number of gold or silver medals because two bronze medals were awarded per event in ten sports: badminton, boxing, judo, karate (except men's and women's individual kata), wushu (sanshou event only), sepak takraw (except men's and women's circle), squash, table tennis, taekwondo and tennis.
In swimming there was a three-way tie in the men's 100 m freestyle event, and three bronze medals were awarded; a tie for second place in the women's 100 m freestyle event meant that no bronze was awarded. In athletics, two bronze medals were awarded in the men's high jump event. In wushu, a tie for the silver-medal position in the men's changquan event (taolu discipline) resulted in no bronze being awarded; a three-way tie in the men's nanquan event (also taolu discipline) resulted in three bronze medals being awarded. In gymnastics, many shared medals were awarded. A tie for first place in the pommel horse resulted in two gold medals, and thus no silver was awarded; a tie for third place in the horizontal bar, pommel horse, rings, women's vault and women's floor exercises meant that two bronzes were awarded for each event. A four-way tie for second position in the parallel bars meant that no bronze medal was awarded.
After failing a drug test, Fakhruddin Abdulmajid Taher of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was stripped of his silver medal in the men's kumite event (60 kg category) of karate. This disqualification left the UAE with only a single bronze medal, placing the country joint-last in the medal table with four other nations. The silver medal was not awarded to any other athlete.