Gymnastics takes a direct hit at the Olympics, Kim Han-sol and Shin Jae-hwan protect their pride
The Korean gymnastics team took a direct hit as the Hangzhou Asian Games were postponed for a year due to the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19) in China.
While the Asian Games, which will open in Hangzhou, China on the 23rd, will be held until October 8th, the 52nd Artistic Gymnastics World Championships (30th – October 8th) will be held in Antwerp, Belgium.
At this Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, a ticket to the 2024 Paris Olympics is at stake.
Twelve teams each participate in the men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics team competition at the Olympics. At the World Championships held in 2022, two years before the Olympics, the 1st to 3rd place teams in the men’s and women’s team events secured tickets to Paris, and the winners of the remaining 9 tickets will be decided based on their performance at this year’s World Championships.
Korea ranked 8th in the final and 13th in the preliminary round in the men’s and women’s team events at last year’s world championships, respectively. You have to be in the top 9 at this World Championships to be able to compete at the Paris Olympics.
For Korean gymnastics, which had to compete in two important international competitions, splitting the national team was inevitable, and ultimately decided to send the first team to the world championships.
Yeo Yeo-jeong will participate in the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships instead of the Hangzhou Asian Games. News1 DB ⓒ News1 Reporter Ilji Yoon
Accordingly, key athletes such as 2020 Tokyo Olympics women’s vault bronze medalist Yeo Yeo-jeong (Jecheon City Hall), Ryu Seong-hyeon (Han Sports University), Lee Jun-ho (Jeonbuk Provincial Office), Lee Yun-seo (Gyeongbuk Provincial Office), and Shin Sol-i (Gangwon Provincial Sports Council) will compete in the World Championships.
Instead, for the Asian Games, the national team was composed of Kim Han-sol (Seoul City Hall) and Shin Jae-hwan (Jecheon City Hall).
Gymnastics is a sport in which China has traditionally been strong, but Korea has also won one to three gold medals at the Asian Games every time since the 1986 Seoul Games. We are expecting gold medals from Kim Han-sol and Shin Jae-hwan at this year’s Hangzhou Games.토토사이트
Kim Han-sol, who has extensive experience in international competitions, including two Olympic Games and six World Championships, became the gold medalist in floor exercise at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang. She also won a silver medal in the vault and a bronze medal in the team event.
She just missed out on her gold medal in the vault event when she made the mistake of not giving a final bow to the judge after completing her performance. Kim Han-sol is determined to shake off her regrets at this Hangzhou competition.
Tokyo Olympic men’s vault gold medalist Shin Jae-hwan also pledges to take flight.
Shin Jae-hwan won the second gold medal in gymnastics history at the Tokyo Olympics in August 2021, but four months later, he received heavy criticism when it was revealed that he assaulted a taxi driver while drunk.
He expressed his intention to participate even before the Asian Games selection, but withdrew due to criticism. Coincidentally, the Asian Games were postponed for a year, giving Shin Jae-hwan an opportunity to take another leap forward.
Rhythmic gymnastics is also in the hunt for medals. Korea has won three consecutive Asian Games rhythmic gymnastics medals since the 2010 Guangzhou Games, and this time, hopes are placed on Son Ji-in (Sejong High School), who is called the ‘second Son Yeon-jae.’
Gymnasts participating in the Hangzhou Games will compete for a total of 18 gold medals. There are 14 gold medals at stake in artistic gymnastics and two each in rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline.
Korea only participates in artistic gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics and does not participate in trampolining.