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Tokyo Olympics: S. Korean women's volleyball team to go against powerhouse Brazil in semis Updated: 2021-08-06 17:06:15 KST

Now on to the events at the Tokyo Games for today a series of intense track and field events await this evening.
Before heading there though, we turn to Team Korea's schedule for tonight.
Our Han Seong-woo is here to bring us up to speed.
Seong-woo, little did we expect such stellar performance in this event, but here we are.
Possibly the most anticipated match of this Olympic Games for Team Korea happening in less than two hours' time.

That's right, the women's volleyball semis the whole nation's shaking with excitement, Conn-young.
Led by superstar Kim Yeon-koung who scored Korea's matchpoint against Turkey in the quarterfinals, South Korea will try to get past world number two ranked Brazil to reach the finals for the first time ever.
There's pressure on Kim to rise to the occasion once more but head coach Stefano Lavarini has also emphasized that strategic, accurate serves will be pivotal.
A victory tonight would mean at least second place and Korea's first Olympic medal in the sport since 1976 in Montreal, where the country won bronze.
It won't be easy, though, because Korea already lost to the South American giants three sets to zero in the preliminaries.
The two countries' all-time head to head record overwhelmingly favors Brazil as well.
But their star player Tandara Caixeta will be absent due to a recent doping violation so that might play to Korea's advantage tonight.

And let me remind everyone that before the volleyball game is the women's modern pentathlon final in just a few minutes.
After completing their swimming heats, fencing bonus round and equestrian show jumping, Kim Se-hee and Kim Sun-woo will compete in the laser run, which involves running and shooting, at seven thirty PM.
Kim Se-hee, in particular, is raising hopes that Korea may take home its first ever modern pentathlon Olympic medal.

Meanwhile, sport climbing medal prospect Seo Chae-hyun, who finished second overall in the women's combined preliminaries on Wednesday, will be competing in the women's final.
The sport is new to the Olympics this year, so a medal, regardless of color will make history.
There are three parts to the final speed climbing, which has already concluded, bouldering and beginning a little after nine, lead climbing Seo's strongest part as she finished it number one in the prelims.

What a line up this evening.
But, Seong-woo, there's also quite a few star-studded track and field events coming up tonight?

Yes, there's loads we need to talk about Conn-young.
First off, Allyson Felix in the women's 400 meter final at nine thirty five.
A podium finish will make the American sprinter the undisputed, most decorated female track and field athlete of all time with ten Olympic medals.
She's currently tied with Jamaica's Merlene Ottey with nine and it might stay that way with tough competition, including Jamaica's Stephenie Ann McPherson and defending champion Shaunae Miller Uibo, also gunning for gold tonight.

Competing in the one,five hundred meter final a little later is the Ethiopian-born, mid-to-long distance runner Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands.
Hassan pulled off a miracle on Monday in the prelims, where she got up from a hard fall to finish in first place in her heat before claiming gold in another event, the five thousand meter, just twelve hours later.
If she wins tonight, she'll be bidding to complete a historic treble tomorrow in the ten thousand meter final.

Moving on to the men's and women's four-by-one-hundred meter relay finals.
There's a chance Jamaica might win both, but the women's event will be competitive Great Britain, Switzerland, Germany and the U.S. have better times this season.
The world won't be seeing the United States in the men's final though.
In Thursday's semis, they shockingly finished in sixth place in their heat after botching a baton pass in the latest of a series of baton-related disasters at recent Olympics.

Another busy, action-packed night I see. Once again, excellent wrap-up Seong-woo. Thank you.

My pleasure.
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