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Tokyo Olympics: S. Korea facing U.S. in baseball semifinal for another shot at Japan Updated: 2021-08-05 17:15:27 KST

Just a few days remain until the Closing Ceremony, but there are several Olympic sports which are still being hotly contested.
And for Team Korea, the biggest among them all is baseball.
We have our Han Seong-woo here in the studio with the latest on how the tournament's progressing.
Seong-woo, Korea's playing against the U.S. in another baseball semifinal as we speak.
It's now a must-win situation now for the reigning Olympic champions if they want either a gold or silver medal, right?

Yes. Conn-young, tonight's second semifinal is more important than last night's Korea-Japan match which Korea lost.
That's because Korea's at risk of elimination from reaching the gold medal match.
Thanks to the unique double elimination format which is in place, a win this evening will pit the defending champions against Japan once more in the final.
But a loss to the U.S. would send Korea to the bronze medal match against the Dominican Republic instead.
Starting on the mound for Team Korea is nineteen-year-old Kia Tigers left-hander Lee Eui-lee opposite a right-hander, the USA's Joe Ryan of the Minnesota Twins.
Korea lost to the U.S. in the group stage so it will have to be at its best to come out on top this time around.

Moving on, I want to share some good news in the modern pentathlon.
In today's fencing ranking round for the women's event, Kim Se-hee finished second behind Germany's Annika Schleu.
On Friday, she'll be competing in the swimming heats, fencing bonus round and equestrian show jumping before the laser run finals.
Along with highly touted Jun Woong-tae of the men's side, Kim is raising hopes of Korea winning its first ever modern pentathlon Olympic medal.

And in women's golf, today's second round didn't play out too well for Korea's quartet.
Nelly Korda of the U.S. rose to the top of the board at thirteen under par, separating her from the rest of the pack amid the stifling heat.
Six strokes behind her is Ko Jin-young who's tied at sixth place while and are both at four-under-par.
As for seven-time LPGA major champion Park In-bee, who's at three-under-par and tied for twenty fourth, it's going to take a miracle of a comeback for her to defend her Olympic title.
The third round begins tomorrow at seven thirty AM, Korea time, but authorities are considering whether to end the whole competition after it due to an approaching storm.

And Seong-woo, I remember you mentioning that one of Tokyo 2020's key topics is who would be the heir to Usain Bolt's throne. So, who's the chosen one?

There's two actually but let me begin with the new Olympic title holder of the 200 meter sprint.
Last night, Canada's Andre De Grasse, who finished second to Usain Bolt in Rio 2016, blazed past the USA's Kenneth Bednarek and Noah Lyles to shatter the Canadian national record and claim gold.
Sprinters are now living in the post-Usain Bolt era, which means the 100 meter and 200 meter titles are up for grabs.
De Grasse's win comes days after virtually unknown, Lamont Marcell Jacobs shocked the world, delivering Italy its first gold medal in the 100 meter dash.

Lastly, any eye-catching Olympic events left for tonight?

There are. Look out for the women's team gold medal match in table tennis, starting in just a few minutes between China and Japan.
China will be looking to defend its team title for the fourth straight Games since its inauguration at Bejing 2008.
If any country can snatch it away from them, though, it'll be Japan, who defeated China in the mixed doubles final.
Viewing tonight's match might be a good learning opportunity for Korea's 17 year-old prodigy Shin Yoo-bin who's without a medal this Olympics but is eyeing Paris 2024 as her time to shine.

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

Thank you.
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