“I beat Momota Kenta on the big stage and thought, ‘I can do it too’.”
Tokyo Olympics men’s singles quarterfinal elimination
Heo Gwang-hee (26, Samsung Life Insurance) said that the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics were canceled even after losing the world’s first place.
Heo Kwang-hee lost to Kebi Cordon (35, Guatemala) 0-2 (13-21 18-21) in the men’s singles group stage badminton quarterfinals held at Musashinonomori Sports Plaza in Tokyo, Japan on the 31st.
Heo Kwang-hee said in the mixed zone (common coverage area) after the game, “After I defeated Momota, many people cheered for me. I tried my best to live up to expectations and win. I think I lost a lot of confidence when I went on the court and played defensively.” He continued, “I came up by defeating the seed player in the preliminary round, but I definitely felt very confident when I came up by defeating the seed player from the preliminary round.”
Heo Kwang-hee, who is ranked 38th in the world, caused a stir on the 28th by beating World No. 1 Kento Momota (Japan) in the second match of Group A of the group stage on the 28th. However, in the quarterfinals, he was blocked by Cordon, ranked 59th in the world. Heo Gwang-hee, who gave up the first game in vain, was also dragged to 4-10 in the second game. However, he did not give up and kept up until 18-19 and did his best until the end.
Unlike the match against Momota, it was also broadcast on TV that day. Regarding the change from indifference to interest, Heo Kwang-hee said, “I think it was good. It felt like we were fighting (with the Korean Americans), so I was very supportive. It gave me strength.” He also said, “I definitely felt the need to feel interest through a lot of contact and support messages.” When asked if he felt any pressure, he said, “Nothing.”
Still, there was a harvest that broke the world first place in this competition. Heo Kwang-hee said, “Being on the Olympic stage itself was a lot of experience. There is an Asian Games next year, so I will prepare and show a better side.” Regarding his first Olympic appearance, he said, “It was a really valuable experience. I think the ending was disappointing.”
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