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Tokyo Olympics: S. Korean women's volleyball team beats Turkey in nailbiter to reach semifinals Updated: 2021-08-04 17:16:44 KST

The Tokyo Olympics was full of high stake match-ups for Team Korea today.
Some went Korea's way, some didn't and the baseball game versus Japan is currently ongoing.
All in all, it's been another day of fierce, international competition.
In the studio with us again is our Han Seong-woo with the latest Olympic updates.
Seong-woo, South Korea secured an amazing victory in volleyball today.
What can you tell us?

What a thriller of a showdown this morning's quarterfinal was, Conn-young.
Led by superstar Kim Yeon-koung who scored 28 points, including a huge match-point spike in the fifth set, Team Korea bested Turkey three sets to two to advance to the semis for the first time since the 2012 London Games.
A semifinal victory on Friday against the winner of tonight's quarterfinal between Brazil and the Russian Olympic Committee would mean at least second place and Korea's first Olympic medal in the sport since 1976 in Montreal, where the country won bronze.

Moving onto baseball, Seong-woo, let's not forget that South Korea's most important game so far is taking place in Yokohama against Japan right now as we speak.

Conn-young, there's more at stake than just a trip to the final as the country's pride is on the line.
Tonight's a classic rival match-up between Asia's two regional powers in baseball.
Starting on the mound for Korea is sidearm right hander Ko Young-pyo of the KBO's KT Wiz opposite three-time NPB all-star pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto of Japan's Orix Buffaloes.
Korea, the defending Olympic champions, and host nation Japan both know they'll have to get through each other for a shot at a gold medal on Saturday so don't be surprised if sparks fly and tempers run high tonight.
Who knows? Maybe it'll even go beyond the ninth inning.
Expectations are super high as Korea's never lost in baseball against its rival at the Olympics.
But even if Korea loses tonight, it's not over.
The baseball tournament's double elimination format will allow Korea to try once more for a spot in the final.
But, another loss in that alternate semifinal would mean Korea must fight for the bronze medal instead.

And I heard women's golf has started as well?

That's right.
Reigning Olympic champion Park In-bee, finished the first round at two-under-par to put her in seventh place tied with Kim Sei-young and several others.
Ahead of them is world number two-ranked Ko Jin-young, who's tied for fourth place at three-under-par.
Not far behind is their compatriot Kim Hyo-joo, tied at sixteenth place.
Currently at the top of the board is Sweden's Madelene Sagstrom at five under par.
The second round begins tomorrow at seven thirty AM, Korea time.

Can't wait. But we also need discuss what happened in track and field today. Another world record's been broken?

I don't what to say, Conn-young it was just mind-blowing.
The USA's Sydney McLaughlin rewrote her world record to finish the women's 400 meter hurdles with a time of 51.four-six almost half a second faster than her previous best.
She wasn't the only one who broke the record though as her compatriot, rival and Rio 2016 champion Dalilah Muhammad also clocked in at under 51.nine.
There's something special about Tokyo 2020 because this came just a day after the men's 400m hurdles record was shattered. perhaps it's the lightning fast track.
Mondo, the Italian maker of Olympic tracks, says Tokyo's was designed to maximize the speed of athletes.

The women's 200 meter final last night was historic as well.
Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica accomplished the first ever women's 100 meter and 200 meter double double: back-to-back Olympic gold medals in both events.
With the historic achievement, she has cemented her place among the pantheon of sprinting greats.
Coming in second in the race, thanks to an amazing late spurt, was Namibia's Christine Mboma, who was banned from competing in the 400 meter due to naturally high testosterone levels.
Meanwhile, the men's 200 meter will be contested tonight at nine-fifty-five PM.
Competing against 2016 silver medalist, Canada's Andre de Grasse will be American sprinter and 2019 world champion Noah Lyles, who has his eyes set on succeeding Usain Bolt.

Excellent wrap-up Seong-woo, many thanks to you. We'll see you tomorrow.

Thank you.
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