Taekwondo led by Jang Jun and Lee Da-bin… Reviving the collapsed pride of the suzerain country
Taekwondo, Korea’s ‘national sport’, is a sport that always expects many medals at the Summer Olympics or Asian Games (AG). In particular, AG has won 53 gold medals since it was adopted as an official event at the 1986 Seoul Games, so its reputation as a ‘golden vein’ and ‘field of medals’ is not exaggerated.
At the previous Jakarta-Palembang Games, it won 5 of the 14 gold medals (2 in Poomsae and 3 in Gyeorugi), demonstrating its prestige as a leading country.
However, recently, with the upward standardization of the world Taekwondo world, it has become difficult to win as many medals as before. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, they also suffered the humiliation of ‘no gold’. However, it is still the most anticipated event for the Korean team.
A total of 13 gold medals are at stake in Taekwondo at this Hangzhou Games. Compared to five years ago, a mixed team event was added, and the men’s and women’s team event was excluded from Poomsae, reducing the event by one.
A total of 13 players from Korea will participate in the men’s and women’s sparring, mixed team event, and men’s and women’s poomsae categories, each aiming for a medal.
In the sparring category, Jang Jun (Korea Gas Corporation) in the men’s 58kg class, Park Woohyuk (Samsung ES1) in the men’s 80kg class, and Lee Dabin (Seoul City Hall) in the women’s over 67kg class are mentioned as potential winners.
Jang Jun is said to be the successor to Lee Dae-hoon, who is considered a legend in the Korean Taekwondo world.
Jang Jun, who was already selected as a member of the junior national team in high school and swept gold medals in international competitions, received a lot of attention for his close match against Kim Tae-hoon, the gold medalist at the 2014 Incheon Games, in the national team selection match held ahead of the 2018 Jakarta and Palembang Games.
Although he lost in that game and was unable to play for AG, he gradually grew and established himself as the national team’s ace.
Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, he faced Kim Tae-hoon again in the national team selection match, but was completely successful in avenging himself and went on to the Olympics. Although the new coronavirus infection (Corona 19) situation dulled the sense of real-life competition, resulting in only a bronze medal instead of a gold medal, it was a competition that showed the potential for growth.
Jang Jun, who is competing in AG for the first time in his career, is determined to risk his life and death to make up for his failure at the Olympics.
Lee Da-bin is the star of Korean women’s taekwondo. Having won gold medals at the 2014 Incheon Games and the 2018 Jakarta/Palembang Games, he will attempt to win his third consecutive title in Hangzhou.소닉카지노
Unlike the Incheon Games, where she only showed off her spirit as a high school student, Lee Da-bin has now become a senior player on her national team. Although her spirit is still there, she has also added a sense of skill.
In particular, Lee Da-bin’s pride was crushed when she was defeated by Marie Stella Smi Laglia (Italy) with a round score of 0-2 in the round of 16 of the Tokyo Olympics. However, in this AG, she won the gold medal with her perfect performance. I am determined to bet.
In the case of Park Woo-hyuk, although she is less famous than Jang Jun and Da-bin Lee, her skills are comparable, as she won a gold medal at the World Championships last year. It has been 23 years since Jong-Oh Jang at the 1999 Edmonton Games in Edmonton, Canada, that a Korean athlete won a gold medal in the 80kg class at the World Championships.
Park Woo-hyuk, who completed preparations for AG through a thorough analysis of his opponents and professional physical training, will try to show off his prowess as a taekwondo powerhouse on the international stage in this competition.
In addition, Jin Ho-jun (Suwon City Hall) in the men’s 68kg class, who won a surprise silver medal at the World Championships last May, is also mentioned as a prospect for a sparring medal.
In Poomsae, which is held as a contest in a 12-meter-long stadium, Kang Wan-jin (Hongcheon-gun Office) challenges for the gold medal in the men’s individual event, and Cha Ye-eun (Kyung Hee University) also attempts the golden kick in the women’s individual event.
Meanwhile, Taekwondo at the Hangzhou Asian Games will be held for five days, starting with Poomsae on September 24, the day after the opening day, until September 28.