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Tokyo 2020: Bronze for S. Korea in women's badminton doubles Updated: 2021-08-02 17:12:45 KST

Time now for an Olympics wrap-up and so joining us in the studio is our sports editor Paul Neat.
Paul, welcome back. Let's begin with the badminton women's doubles.
Two Korean teams entered the bronze deal match meaning a medal was in the bag regardless of who won.
What can you tell us?

Yes, indeed. It was South Korea's Kim So-yeong and Kong Hee-yong who picked up the win.
Kim and Kong won bronze in the women's doubles badminton event on Monday, thanks to a victory over fellow South Koreans Lee So-hee and Shin Seung-chan.
Kim and Kong won the match 2-0 21-10 and 21-17.
The all-Korean bronze medal match was set up after both pairs lost in the semifinals on Saturday.
This is South Korea's only medal from badminton in Tokyo and also the country's second straight bronze in women's doubles.
Shin teamed up with Jung Kyung-eun for the bronze five years ago in Rio de Janeiro.

Moving onto baseball, South Korea's men's team came back from behind to beat the Dominican Republic on Sunday and then another win earlier today against Israel.

Yes, what an incredible couple of days for South Korea's Olympic baseball team.
The South Korean baseball team beat Israel 11-to-1 on Monday, winning via the mercy rule in the seventh inning to advance to the semifinals.
Korea scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning alone, including a two-run homer from team captain Kim Hyun-soo.
Tokyo 2020 rules state that a baseball game is "called" when opposing teams are separated by ten runs or more after the seventh inning.
A victory against the winner of the U.S. versus Japan will take Korea to the gold medal match.
This is after an incredible comeback against the Dominican Republic on Sunday.
South Korea scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Dominican Republic 4-3 in the first round.

As you say, Korea played Sunday and then today. For those who are not too familiar with the system, how does the baseball tournament work?

Yes, it is a little bit complicated.
Six teams are divided into two groups.
South Korea are in Group B and teams play each other once for six games in total.
Then it's the knockout stage.
In the first three games, the teams in opposing groups will play each other based on the seeding from group play.
A1 versus B1, A2 versus B2, A3 versus B3.
The loser of A3 versus B3 game is knocked out.
Teams play one another in a double-elimination tournament until there is one team left from the winners and losers bracket.
Those two teams will play one another in the gold-medal game.
The last two teams eliminated in the losers bracket will play in the bronze-medal game.

The South Korean women’s table tennis team has advanced to the quarterfinals and will face another tough match against another strong team.
Yes, in the Round of 16 on Monday, the team of Shin Yu-bin, Jeon Ji-hee and Choi Hyo-joo beat Poland 3-0 in women's table tennis.
They will face Germany in the quarters on Tuesday.
Team Korea is currently ranked world Number 4 and Germany Number 3.
The two countries have faced off in the table tennis team event eight times so far, with South Korea ahead with six wins and two defeats.
They have each secured victory in the last two matchups over the last five years.

In shooting, Han Dae-yoon became the first Korean player to advance to the finals since the introduction of the event in 1988.
What can you tell us about that?

Yes, Han Dae-yoon in what was his first Olympics made a surprise advance to the final of the men’s 25-meter rapid fire pistol event.
Han finished fourth overall to just miss out on a medal but his appearance was the first for a South Korea since 1988 in Seoul when the event was first introduced.
France's Jean Quiquampoix won gold, Cuba's Pupo Leuris silver and China's Li Yuehong bronze.

In high jumping, South Korea's Woo Sang-hyeok grabbed the headlines by making history with his performance on Sunday.

Yes, and not just for his celebrations.
Woo Sang-hyeok set a new Korean record and achieved the highest ranking in an Olympic track-and-field event for the country.
In the finals of the men's high jump, Woo cleared 2.3-5 meters on his first go breaking the Korean record of 2.3-4 set by Lee Jin-taek in 1997.
He also raised his personal best height by 4 centimeters in what was his Olympic debut.
He cleared every attempt at the 2.1-9 meter through 2.3 and then 2.3-3 on his second attempt.
For 2.3-7 he missed on his first go but raised the height by 2 centimeters as three others had already cleared that height.
Overall, he finished fourth after falling short at the 2.3-9 twice.

Moving on to other some achievements by other countries.
Gold for Italy in the 100 meter sprint and a new world record for Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah.

Yes, indeed. In the showpiece 100 meter final on Saturday, Italy's Lamont Marcell Jacobs won gold.
In doing so, Jacobs also broke Usain Bolt's 13-year record finishing at 9.8-zero seconds.
It was also a European record.
America's Fred Kerley took silver in 9.8-4 seconds and Canada's Andre de Grasse bronze just like he did in Rio in 2016.
Meanwhile, Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica won gold in the women's 100 meters.
She finished at 10.6-1 seconds to break Florence Griffith Joyner's 33-year-old record to defend her own title and lead a Jamaican sweet of the medals.

So many records being broken.
Okay, thanks for that Paul. We shall see you next week.

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