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Tokyo Olympics: Diver Woo Ha-ram finishes fourth in men's 3m springboard final Updated: 2021-08-03 17:06:29 KST

There's less than a week left until the Closing Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics but there are some key track and field events still to come.
We begin tonight, though, with Team Korea's most recent performances.
With us here in the studio is our very own Han Seong-woo.
Seong-woo, what's the latest?

Well Conn-young, compared to last night when Shin Jea-hwan vaulted himself to South Korea's second-ever Olympic title in artistic gymnastics, we didn't see too much happen today.
I don't want to say Team Korea disappointed though..
No medals were won but just a few hours ago, in the three-meter spring board final, diver Woo Ha-ram finished in fourth place the best performance from a South Korean diver in the Olympics.
Meanwhile, table tennis players Shin Yu-bin, Jeon Ji-hee and Choi Hyo-joo lost to Germany's trio three to two in the quarterfinals of the women's team event.
Tomorrow, the men's team will be facing off against the dominant force of ping pong, China, for a spot in the finals.

That will come a few hours before another semifinal in baseball.
Korea, the reigning Olympic champion will battle Japan in a classic rival match-up for a chance to defend its title in the final, slated for Saturday
Since the sport is being played under a complex, double elimination format, a loss in the semis wouldn't result in Korea being knocked out of the competition.
Coming back from the loss with a win in the following, alternate semi would be enough to put Korea into the gold medal match.
But, another loss in the second semi would mean Korea needs to fight for the bronze medal instead.

Women's golf begins tomorrow as well and Korea has four of its very own competing.
Rio 2016 Olympic champion Park In-bee, who was chosen by AFP as one of the five women's golfers to watch, will try to defend her title as the sport's leading lady.
But for tonight, tune into the men's 109 kilogram weight class of weightlifting where Jin Yun-seong is competing for a medal starting at seven-fifty PM Korea time.

Seong-woo, the track and field events draw the most attention at the Olympics and I heard quite an amazing world record was set today?

That's right.
History was made when Norway's Karsten Warholm broke his own world record by more than three quarters of a second in the men's 400 meter hurdles.
He finished the race as the only human being to officially clock in at under 46 seconds at 45.nine-four.
Some commentators have even compared his record-breaking feat to running the 100 meter sprint within nine.six seconds like Usain Bolt did in 2009.
Warholm was followed by the USA's Rai Benjamin who also broke Warholm's previous world record with a time of 46.one-seven.
I also want to let our viewers know that, in artistic gymnastics, the USA's Simone Biles has returned to competition for the balance beam finals after forgoing previous events due to mental health concerns.

Phenomenal achievements from all the athletes you've mentioned. And I'm aware quite a few other key track and field events are taking place in just a few hours.

Yes, definitely look out for the women's 200 meter final at 9:50 PM Korea time because it will be a race for the ages.
After breaking Florence Griffith Joyners' 33-year-old Olympic record to win gold in the 100 meter dash last Saturday, Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah is gunning for her second gold medal in Tokyo.
All eyes are on whether she can break FloJo's record in the 200 as well.
Here's the catch though: unlike the 100 meters where Florence Griffith Joyner's untouchable world record still stands, the 200 meter record set in the 1988 Seoul Olympics IS the world record, so if Thompson-Herah can top 21.three-four seconds, she'll go down in history as the fastest woman to have ever run that distance.
The defending Olympic champion faces tough competition though.
Waiting on the starting line will be compatriot and 100 meter silver medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the USA's Gabby Thomas and Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas who's ranked number two in the world..

And I don't want to leave out the men's pole vault.
World record holder Armand Duplantis of Sweden will be going up against reigning Olympic gold medalist Thiago Braz of Brazil and 2012 London gold medalist Renaud LaVillenie of France, among other elite competitors, in the final.
Other than that, the finals of the women's hammer throw and the women's 800 meter final are also events worth watching.

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

A pleasure.
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