‘Fantastic duo’ win gold for the first time in 21 years…”Our relationship is indescribable…I want to be together until the Paris Olympics”
“It’s hard to put into words.”
Jeon Jeon-hee and Shin Yubin defeated North Korea’s Cha Sooyoung and Park Soo-kyong 4-1 (11-6, 11-4, 10-12, 12-10, 11-4) in the women’s table tennis doubles final at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at the Gungshu Canal Sports Park Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China on Tuesday (June 2).
With the victory, South Korea won its first final meeting with North Korea in 33 years and its first gold medal in women’s doubles in 21 years.
After the match, Jeon Jeon-hee said, “It’s unbelievable. I’m so happy. I’m so grateful to (Shin) Yoo Bin-yi. It’s good. A lot,” she smiled broadly.
Shin Yubin said, “I’m so excited and now we have a gold medal in our house. I’m glad I played with different tactics, and I don’t regret it,” she said after winning the gold medal. 스포츠토토
“I haven’t seen a cell phone yet. But my family always sends me the same text, ‘Good job,’ whether I win or lose. My grandmother and grandfather are so happy to see me on TV, they love it. Now I’m so happy to show them the gold medal,” she said.
Jeon Jeon-hee also thanked her family, saying, “No matter if I’m good or bad, they’ve always been behind me, cheering me on and encouraging me.”
Speaking about Shin Yubin, Jeon said, “It’s a doubles match. It’s a sport that you can’t do without a partner, so I’m very grateful that we overcame it together.”
Shin continued, “My sister (Jeon Ji Hee) is a really solid player. When we play doubles together, I can trust her. I can play more confidently too. That’s the kind of person she is,” and they looked at each other and laughed.
“Honestly, only the two of us knew about the (preparation) process. It was like we were alone. (Shin Yubin) is hard to put into words. Love or hate? I have affection for her.” She also shared her feelings for Shin Yubin.
Now, they turned their attention to the Paris 2024 Olympics. “I think Yubin’s form is improving a lot, so I think she has an advantage. From here, we need to manage our injuries well so that we don’t fall off. I have a great desire to compete with her once more and win a medal.” Shin Yubin vowed, “I haven’t decided yet, but if I do compete, I will practice harder so that I can do what I always do and create a game without regrets.”
“If I end up competing in the Olympics, I’ll make sure that I have no regrets there,” she added.