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S. Korea at Tokyo 2020 wrapup Updated: 2021-08-09 17:15:45 KST

And for a wrapup of Team Korea's performance at Tokyo 2020, our sports editor Paul Neat joins us in the studio.
Paul, Korea finished 16th in the medal table which is a bit short of what the target was.
But there have been some records broken as well as some fine achievements.

That's right, Korea’s 20th and final medal of the Olympics was bronze in the modern pentathlon.
It was won by Jun Woong-tae who became the first South Korean to win a medal in the five-sport event of fencing, swimming, show jumping, running and shooting.
That brought Korea’s medal total to 20 six gold, four silver and 10 bronze.
Although it was Korea’s lowest gold medal haul in 37 years, there were some notable records and achievements.
Archer An San beat a 25-year-old Olympic record in the women's ranking round with a total of 680 points.
She also became the first South Korean to win three golds at a summer Olympics.
Korea also picked up gold in men’s sabre fencing… making it back-to-back titles.
World number one Oh Sang-uk along with Gu Bon-gil, Kim Jung-hwan and Kim Jun-ho beat Italy 45 to 26 in the final.
Meanwhile, swimmer Hwang Sun-woo posted Korean and Asian records.
In the men's 200-meter freestyle heats, Hwang finished at 1-minute 44.6-2 seconds… and became the first South Korean swimmer to reach an Olympic final since Park Tae-hwan in 2012.
An Asian record was set in the 100-meter freestyle a few days later, finishing at 47.5-6 seconds to become the first Asian man to reach the final since 1956.
Meanwhile, in athletics, Woo Sang-hyeok cleared a Korea-high 2.35 meters to finish fourth in the men’s high jump final - the highest Olympic finish by any South Korean track and field athlete.
There were also national records for Woo Ha-ram in diving, and Ha Jee-min in men’s laser sailing.

There were some who came really close too, not quite enough for a medal but their achievements should not be understated.

Yes, including Park Hee-jun who narrowly missed out on a medal in the karate kata event.
Park finished tied for fifth place in a sport which made its Olympic debut this year, and Park was the only Korean involved.
In women’s handball, South Korea was the only non-European team to make the quarterfinals.
It lost narrowly to Sweden 39-30.
And weightlifter Lee Seon-mi narrowly missed out on a medal in the women's plus-87 kilograms category.
She finished fourth and performed well in the 125 kilos category but fell short in 152.

There were some lows too, of course, and some goodbyes from some Korean stars.

Yes, unfortunately there were some low moments and some goodbyes from two big stars.
The women’s volleyball team finished fourth, losing 3-zero to Serbia in the bronze medal match.
Afterward, the team’s star player Kim Yeon-koung announced that she will retire from the national team.
Golf star Park In-bee has also said her goodbyes to the Olympics admitting that Tokyo 2020 is likely to be her last.
Park was the reigning champion heading into Tokyo 2020 but finished 23rd.
In baseball, Korea lost to the Dominican Republic in the bronze medal match and so failed to retain the title won in 2008.
Baseball returned to the Olympics for the first time in 13 years.

And what about some records from other countries?

Notably, there is a new fastest woman in the world… Elaine Thompson-Herah.
After 33 years, Florence Griffith Joyner's 100 meters Olympic record has finally been beaten.
Elaine Thompson-Herah ran the women's 100 meters final in 10.61 seconds, breaking a record that dates back to the 1988 Seoul Games.
For Team USA, swimmer Caeleb Dressel who piled up five gold medals set the Men’s 100-meter Butterfly record at 49.45 seconds.
There were 20 new world records set in total by 12 different countries… China with the most with five, followed by the USA and Georgia with three each.

Thank-you for that Paul, we shall see you next time.


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