‘Golden Day’ on opening day…will Lee make his first start?
The Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games will kick off with the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday and the medal race will begin in earnest on Thursday.
The Republic of Korea, which has sent its largest-ever contingent of 1,140 athletes to the Hangzhou Asian Games, competing in 39 sports, has set its sights on winning more than 50 gold medals and finishing third overall.
Starting on the first day of competition, the Korean athletes are hoping for a “golden day” with a slew of gold medals.
First up is the women’s modern pentathlon, where Korea will look to win its first gold medal in both the individual and team events.
At the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, Kim Se-hee (BNK Savings Bank) and Kim Sun-woo (Gyeonggi Provincial Office) won silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Sung Seung-min (Korea Gymnastics Federation) and Jang Ha-eun (LH) will compete together in the individual competition, with the top three individual performances combined to determine the team ranking.
Later in the evening, Jeon Woong-tae (Gwangju Metropolitan Government) will attempt to win his second consecutive title in the men’s modern pentathlon.
Jeon won South Korea’s first-ever Olympic medal in modern pentathlon (bronze) at the Tokyo 2021 Games.
Also in the mix are taekwondo poomsae men’s Kang Wan-jin (Hongcheon-gun) and women’s Cha Ye-eun (Kyunghee University), who are both strong gold medal favorites.
Poomsae became an official sport at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang, where Kang won the team event.
Korean swimming sensation Hwang Sun-woo (Gangwon Province) will take to the water at 9:26 p.m. in the men’s 100-meter freestyle against Chinese rival Fan Zhan-li.
In judo, Lee Ha-rim (Korea Horse Society) in the men’s 60-kilogram category and Ahn Paul (Namyangju City Hall) in the 66-kilogram category will be looking to ‘go for gold’.
In fencing, Song Sera (Busan Metropolitan Government), who swept the individual and team titles at last year’s World Championships, will compete in the women’s epee.
The women’s 10-meter air rifle team event will take place in the morning and is strongly favored by China, but Lee Eun-seo (Seosan City), Cho Eun-young (Gyeonggi-do) and Jang Jeong-in (Uljin-gun) will be looking to make a run at a medal.
Having already qualified for the round of 16 by topping their group, the men’s national soccer team will play their final group game against Bahrain at 8:30 p.m. tonight at the Jinhua Sports Center Stadium.
National team ace Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain), who arrived in Hangzhou, China, on Nov. 21, could make his first appearance in the tournament, depending on his physical condition. 토토사이트
Win or lose, it’s a good “test run” for Lee, as he’ll be ready for the Round of 16.
In Go, Shin Shin-seo and Park Jung-hwan will compete in the first round of qualifying.
Go is returning to the Asian Games for the first time in 13 years since Guangzhou 2010.