Korean National Team Faces Intense Battle with Japan at 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games
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The Korean national team is currently engaged in a fierce competition with Japan for second place in the ongoing 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. As the swimming and fencing competitions, which have exceeded expectations, come to a close, the team eagerly awaits the upcoming events in archery and badminton, considered to be the next major sports in which they can excel.
As of 3 pm on the 30th, South Korea holds the third position overall with an impressive tally of 27 gold medals, 28 silver medals, and 51 bronze medals. This morning, the Korean national team made their mark in the skating competition, with Byeong-hee Jeong securing a gold medal, while In-ho Choi and Ga-ram Yoo each took home a bronze. Furthermore, Won-ho Lee and Bomi Kim claimed bronze medals in the mixed shooting event.
Previously, South Korea showcased their dominance by clinching six gold medals in both swimming and fencing, with an additional five gold medals in Taekwondo. Furthermore, they secured two gold medals each in esports, shooting, and modern pentathlon. They also triumphed in gymnastics, judo, and sailing, bringing their total gold medal count to 26 from the previous day.
Thanks to their exceptional performance, South Korea managed to maintain the second position overall until the 28th. However, Japan’s recent surge in gold medals caused a reversal in the rankings. The intense medal race between these two countries is expected to escalate further in the coming days.
At 3 pm on this day, Japan secured the second position with a total of 28 gold medals, 35 silver medals, and 37 bronze medals. The host nation, China, remains in first place, boasting an impressive count of 105 gold medals, 63 silver medals, and 32 bronze medals.
Japan has caused an upset by excelling in cycling, which has long been considered ‘Asia’s No. 1 power.’ In a recent track event, Japan dominated by winning 10 gold medals, including three in the men’s madison, women’s sprint, and women’s omnium. In contrast, South Korea managed to secure only two silver medals and three bronze medals in cycling, failing to secure a gold.
By excelling in judo, swimming, and gymnastics, Japan narrowed the gap with South Korea and, for the first time, surpassed them in total gold medals.
South Korea’s hopes lie in archery and badminton. In archery alone, there are 10 gold medals up for grabs, and South Korea is considered a strong contender across all events. Similarly, in badminton, with the competition beginning on the 1st, South Korea anticipates winning at least 3 to 4 gold medals out of the 7 events.
Furthermore, if South Korea achieves gold medals in baseball, men’s football, breakdancing, women’s handball, shooting, and weightlifting, they are likely to achieve their goal of 50 gold medals set by the Korea Sports Council.
However, Japan also has high hopes of securing multiple gold medals in track and field and karate, intensifying the battle between the two nations for the second-place position.
Medalists’ Press Conference Highlights:
- The Korean national swimming team, including Hwang Seon-woo, Yang Jae-hoon, Kim Woo-min, Lee Ho-jun, Baek In-cheol, and Ji Yu-chan, proudly displaying their well-deserved medals.
The Korean national team participating in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games is in a fierce battle with Japan for second place. As the swimming and fencing competitions, which performed better than expected, come to an end, the national team is looking forward to archery and badminton, which are the next ‘biggest sports’.
South Korea’s national swimming team Hwang Seon-woo (from left), Yang Jae-hoon, Kim Woo-min, Lee Ho-jun, Baek In-cheol, and Ji Yu-chan hold their medals in the medalists’ press Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 conference held in a hotel in Hangzhou, China on the 30th./News 1
As of 3 pm on the 30th, Korea was third overall with 27 gold medals, 28 silver medals, and 51 bronze medals. In the Korean national team skating competition held this morning, Byeong-hee Jeong won one gold medal, and In-ho Choi and Ga-ram Yoo won one bronze medal each. In the mixed shooting also held in the morning, Won-ho Lee and Bomi Kim each won a bronze medal.
Before that, they won six gold medals each in swimming and fencing. There were also five gold medals in Taekwondo. He also won two each in esports, shooting, and modern pentathlon. One each was added in gymnastics, judo, and sailing, bringing the total to 26 gold medals as the previous day.
Thanks to their strong performance, Korea was able to retain second place overall until 28th. However, the ranking was reversed as Japan won a bunch of gold medals the day before. The medal race between the two countries is expected to become more intense in the future.
Japan came second overall with 28 gold medals, 35 silver medals, and 37 bronze medals at 3 pm on this day. The country that hosts the competition, China, is in first place, with 105 gold medals, 63 silver medals, and 32 bronze medals.
Japan has upset Korea over cycling, which reigns as ‘Asia’s No. 1 power.’ The day before, Japan swept 10 gold medals in just one cycling track event, including three gold medals in the men’s madison, women’s sprint, and women’s omnium. On the other hand, Korea won only two silver and three bronze medals with no gold medals.
Several gold medals were won in judo, swimming, and gymnastics, closing the gap with Korea, and the number of gold medals being reversed for the first time the day before.
Korea is now pinning its hopes on archery and badminton. A total of 10 gold medals are at stake in archery, and Korea is considered a strong contender for the championship in all events. In badminton, where the gold medal winner will be decided starting from 1st, Korea expects at least 3 to 4 gold medals out of 7 events.
In addition, if gold medals are achieved in baseball, men’s football, breakdancing, women’s handball, shooting, and weightlifting, the goal of ’50 gold medals’ set by the Korea Sports Council is expected to be reached.
However, Japan is also expecting multiple gold medals in track and field and karate, so the battle for second place between the two countries is expected to be fierce.
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