Kim Ha-yoon Wins First Gold Medal for Korean Judo Team
[Seoul=Newsfim] – by Reporter Lee Yun-ae
In an impressive display of resilience, Kim Ha-yoon from Ansan City Hall clinched the first gold medal for the Korean judo team. Competing in the women’s heavyweight division over 78kg, Kim overcame a debilitating knee injury sustained during practice a mere week before the competition to secure the top spot on the podium.
Following her remarkable victory, Kim graciously met with reporters, beaming with joy. She expressed her admiration for renowned singer Kim Ho-joong, expressing a desire to meet him in the near future.
Kim Ha-yoon’s path to gold was paved with determination and skill, defeating Xu Shi-yan from China in the semifinals of the women’s judo over 78 kg final at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games held at the Xiaoshan Linfu Gymnasium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China on the 26th.
[Seoul=Newsfim] – by Reporter Park Sang-wook
A moment of pride and patriotism filled the air as Kim Ha-yoon proudly stood atop the podium, draped in the gold medal after her triumphant victory in the women’s over 78 kg judo competition held on the 26th.
With Kim’s historic win, today marked the final day of individual competition for the Korean judo team. Prior to this momentous occasion, they had not secured a single gold medal. Even heavyweight contender Kim Min-jong from Yangpyeong County Office failed to advance to the finals, placing him at risk of not attaining the coveted gold in the individual event of the Asian Games for the first time in history. However, Ha-yoon Kim’s remarkable achievement saved Korean judo from the brink and etched her name into the annals of history.
The road to victory was far from easy for Kim Ha-yoon. Having previously faced Xu Shiyan twice in international competitions, she had suffered defeat on both occasions.
Nevertheless, undeterred by her past losses, Kim exuded an unwavering confidence. Reflecting on her previous encounters with her opponent, she stated, “The last time I lost, it was because I had the upper hand but let it slip away. This time, I analyzed the game thoroughly and played with conviction, knowing I could emerge victorious.”
Despite the odds stacked against her, Kim Ha-yoon demonstrated remarkable courage as she battled through injury. Having injured her left knee just a week before the competition, the setback posed a significant threat to Kim’s specialization in leg and leg curling techniques. Furthermore, the lack of ample training after the injury exacerbated the challenge.
With determination and resilience, Kim defied the odds, stating, “I played the game with taping on, which was demanding. However, I had complete faith in my abilities and knew that I could overcome the pain once I stepped onto the mat.”
Looking towards the future, Kim Ha-yoon revealed her lofty aspirations. Winning the Olympics stands as her ultimate goal, as she stated, “While the Asian Games is a prestigious competition, my sights are set on an Olympic gold medal.”
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Sports | 2023.09.26 21:37
[서울=뉴스핌] Reporter Lee Yun-ae = The first gold medal was won by the Korean judo team. This is Kim Ha-yoon (Ansan City Hall), women’s sign board over 78kg. Ha-yoon Kim injured her knee during practice a week before the competition, but she overcame it and won the gold medal.
After the game, he met with reporters and smiled cheerfully, saying, “There’s something I really want to say. I’m a fan of (singer) Kim Ho-joong. I’d like to meet you sometime.”
Ha-yoon Kim won the gold medal by defeating Xu Shi-yan (China) in semis in the field throw in the women’s judo over 78 kg final at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games held at the Xiaoshan Linfu Gymnasium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China on the 26th.
[서울=뉴스핌] Reporter Park Sang-wook = Kim Ha-yoon (left) greets the Taegeukgi with the gold medal around her neck in the women’s over 78 kg judo competition held on the 26th. 2023.9.26 firstname.lastname@example.org
Today was the last day of individual competition for the Korean judo team. To this day, not a single gold medal has been won. Even men’s heavyweight Kim Min-jong (Yangpyeong County Office), who was considered a contender for the championship on this day, failed to advance to the finals, putting himself in danger of receiving ‘no gold’ ‘ in the individual event of the Asian Games for the first time in history. Hayoon Kim won the 78kg weight class for the first time in history saving Korean judo from the brink.
This game was not easy for Kim Ha-yoon. This is because I have met Xu Shiyan twice in international competitions and lost both times.
However, Kim Ha-yoon said, “I was confident. The last time I lost, it was because I was leading the game and got knocked back,” and added, “I thought the I could definitely win if I played the game as I analyzed.”
Hayun Kim injured her left knee a week before the competition. It was a fatal injury for Kim Ha-yoon, who specialized in leg and leg curling. Furthermore, there was very little training afterwards.
Ha-yoon Kim said, “I played the game with taping on. It was a bit demanding, but I thought I could do what I did,” and added, “The pain disappeared when I play.”
Hayun Kim mentioned winning the Olympics as her next goal. He said, “Although the Asian Games is a big competition, my ultimate goal is an Olympic gold medal.”
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