Although he failed to cross the wall of Mutaz Essa Barshim (Qatar), he said, “I am also growing as I compete with Barshim. Thanks to that, I had an interesting and interesting game. I’m happy with that alone,” he said with a big smile.
Kim Woo-min (Swimming) and Il Si-hyun (Archery), who won three gold medals side by side, were selected as the first men’s and women’s MVPs (MVP) selected by the Korea Sports Council at the event. Kim Woo-min, Korea’s freestyle medium- and long-distance star, won the first-ever gold medal in the men’s 800-meter relay in Asian records. Kim Woo-min also won gold medals in the 800m and 400m freestyle events, becoming the third Korean athlete to win three gold medals in the Asian Games after Choi Yoon-hee (1982, New Delhi Games) and Park Tae-hwan (2006, Guangzhou Games). 스포츠토토사이트
The national archery team’s “youngest ace” Il Si-hyun also won his third gold medal in the women’s individual finals, beating his team senior Ansan (Gwangju Women’s University), after collaborating with his teammates in the mixed and women’s team events. It is the first time in 37 years that a three-time archery gold medal has been won at the Asian Games since Yang Chang-hoon (four gold medals), Kim Jin-ho, and Park Jung-ah (three gold medals) at the 1986 Seoul Games.
The fighting spirit award went to Ahn Se-young, who won two badminton medals, and the achievement award to Shin Yu-bin, a gold medalist in women’s table tennis doubles. Moon Kang-ho, a sixth-grader in elementary school, and Lee Eun-ji, a high school student who is a bronze medalist in the women’s 200-meter backstroke, received encouragement awards.
Korea, which dispatched 1,140 athletes to 39 events, won 42 gold, 59 silver, and 89 bronze, ranking third overall. China ranks first with 201 gold medals, and Japan ranks second with 52. Korea is ahead of Japan (188) in the total number of medals (190). In order to focus on next year’s Paris Olympics, Japan sent second-ranked players from the national team to various events in this tournament.
Lee Ki-heung, chairman of the Korea Sports Council, said, “It was a shining competition where many players showed their fighting spirit and achieved their goals,” but added, “Limits and problems were revealed along with the achievements.” Ball and speculative stocks performed particularly poorly. India, Uzbekistan, and Iran are chasing us, so we need to consider it,” he said. Chairman Lee also added, “We will create a task force (TF) team at the national athletes’ village to prepare measures for the Paris Olympics.”