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Tokyo Olympics: Baseball's defending champ S. Korea facing Israel in opening round Updated: 2021-07-29 17:20:54 KST

Good evening. We begin tonight with news from the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
As we approach the one week mark since the Tokyo Olympic cauldron was lit, all athletes are doing their absolute best aiming for Gold.
Team Korea has been doing pretty well as well having won four golds, two silvers and five bronze medals.
Let's tune in for today's latest.
Seong-woo, baseball's finally begun, hasn't it?

That's right Conn-young, Korea, the defending Olympic baseball champion is playing against Israel in
the opening round of Group B as we speak
It started around 15 minutes ago and expectations are high for Korea's squad, led by head coach Kim Kyung-moon who was also chief in 2008 when he led his players to a legendary, NINE straight victories en route to Olympic gold in Beijing the last time baseball was played at the Games.
Israel's not a name usually brought up when talking baseball, but their squad shouldn't be taken lightly
Unlike Team Korea, who are without star MLB pitchers Ryu Hyun-jin and Kim Kwang-hyun, several players on Israel's squad have major league baseball playing experience, including 4-time all-star second baseman Ian Kinsler.
Starting on the mound for Korea in today's game is 21 year-old right-hander Won Tae-in, who plays for the KBO's Samsung Lions.

Meanwhile, judoka Cho Gu-ham has made it to the finals of the men's minus 100 kilogram weight class, beating Portugal's Jorge Fonseca to bag at least a silver medal.
It's the first time in 17 years a Korean's made it that far in the weight class.

And we can't leave out archery, can we?
An-san, who's already won two gold medals in the mixed and women's team event, has advanced to the individual round of 16 to keep her hopes of winning the triple crown alive.

Seong-woo, let's move on to swimming. Hwang Sun-woo's name is all over the papers Unfortunately, he didn't finish on the podium today in the 100 meter freestyle but he's still attracting a lot of attention.

Conn-young, like I said last night, Hwang Sun-woo is a superstar "in the making".
What I mean by that is he hasn't won an Olympic medal yet.
But that's not to say we can't marvel at what the teenager achieved today.
After setting a new Asian record of 47.five-six in the semifinals yesterday, Hwang finished the men's 100 meter freestyle final in fifth place this morning that's the best an Asian has ever performed in the event since 1952 when Japan's Hiroshi Suzuki won silver at the Helsinki Olympics in Finland.
At just eighteen, Hwang still has loads of time to develop before he nears his physical peak for Paris 2024 when he'll be 21.
Caeleb Dressel of the U.S., who won the event, even said in an interview after the semifinals yesterday that Hwang was faster than he was at eighteen.
Dressel set an Olympic record of 47.zero-two seconds today, edging 2016 Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers by six-hundredths of a second.
Hwang still has the 50 meter freestyle left by the way.
The heats begin tomorrow night and he's aiming to advance all the way to the final, slated for Sunday morning.
Who knows?
Maybe he'll go on to win a medal once he gets there.

Looking forward to it. Lastly, any eye-catching final or gold medal match to watch tonight?

Korea's very own Lee Yun-seo will be competing in the artistic gymnastics women's all-around final in just half an hour.
And later on is the women's singles gold medal match for table tennis, set to begin at 9 PM at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
The sport's historically been dominated by China, and this event is no different: two Chinese players will duel against each other for the gold medal.

As always, appreciate the updates, Seong-woo.
We'll see you again tomorrow.

A pleasure.
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