Son Heung-min on his fourth World Cup: “Long road, thorny path, I’ll get through it”

These are the words of South Korean soccer ‘captain’ Son Heung-min (Tottenham) as he embarks on his fourth World Cup.

The South Korean national soccer team will take on Singapore at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Seoul World Cup Stadium in the first match of Group C of the 2026 North and Central American World Cup Asia Second Qualifying Round.

It’s the start of a long and challenging journey that begins nearly two and a half years before the World Cup itself.

For Son, this will be his fourth World Cup. In Brazil 2014, Russia 2018, and Qatar 2022, he overcame many challenges and grew as a player.

At the pre-match press conference at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on Friday, Son reiterated that he will approach the challenge with a serious attitude.

“I’m just trying to do the best I can where I am,” said Son Heung-min, “I’m not living in the future or the past, I’m living in the present. I’m only thinking about the two upcoming matches (Singapore on the 16th and China on the 21st),” he said.

“The World Cup journey is a long one. Sometimes you’re on a good road, sometimes you fall off, sometimes you have to go through thorns,” he said. “The experienced players have to protect (the team). I hope we can go all the way to the final qualifier.”

Their first opponents, Singapore (155th), are classified as ‘underdogs’, as evidenced by their FIFA ranking gap of 131 places to South Korea (24th).

However, they also have a formidable professional team in Ryan City, who recently beat Jeonbuk Hyundai in the group stage of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL).

Currently, about half of Singapore’s national team roster is made up of Ryan City players.

This will be Son’s first time facing Singapore in an A-League match, but he has played against them before when his club Tottenham toured Asia last summer.

Spurs won 5-1, but the game was tied 1-1 at halftime. Ryan City scored the first goal, and Tottenham made it 1-1 on a penalty kick by Harry Kane (now of Bayern Munich) just before halftime.

Reflecting on the game, Son said, “You have to be careful. There were definitely threatening players, so I’m very nervous.”

On Singapore’s Korean naturalized player Song Eui-young (Surabaya), he said, “I respect my opponent. I’m Korean, so I hope she doesn’t do well on the court tomorrow,” he said.

“Even when I played against Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton) (last weekend), he wasn’t a ‘little brother’ to me, he was just a threat,” he continued.

With Singapore set to play an extreme defensive game, he pointed out that the experience of a 6-0 thrashing of Vietnam in an exhibition match last month will be a “plus”.

“Obviously, it’s hard for any team to break through when they’re completely defensive,” said Son, adding, “It’s just a matter of whether we can create chances early (like we did against Vietnam) and whether we can convert those chances early.”

With the departure of his best friend, striker Kane, Son Heung-min has been Tottenham’s “gunslinger” this season. As a result, he’s facing more pressure from opposing defenses than ever before.

Against Wolverhampton, he was even stepped on in the groin in the last minute of the game.

“You get stepped on or kicked in the groin when you play. I sometimes get kicked too,” he laughed.

“Other than jet lag, I’m in good shape,” he emphasized.

“We’re doing all the training we promised to do, the delicate play within the freedom,” said Jürgen Klinsmann, who values the autonomy of his players in the offense. “Being able to play like this is a big weapon for us,” he said. 파워볼

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Hyundai Steel-Suwon FC to meet for WK League championship on 19-25th

Incheon Hyundai Steel, looking to win their 11th consecutive title, and Suwon FC Womin, returning to the championship game for the first time in four years, will face off in the final showdown for the top spot in this year’s Women’s Unemployment Soccer WK League.

Hyundai Steel and Suwon FC will compete for the 2023 WK League championship in a home-and-away format on May 19 (Suwon Sports Complex) and 25 (Incheon Southeast Asia Druby Stadium – 2 p.m.).

Hyundai Steel qualified for the championship by finishing first in the WK League this season, while Suwon FC, which finished third in the regular season, punched its ticket to the championship with a 2-1 overtime victory in the playoffs (PO) against second-place Hwacheon KSPO.

Hyundai Steel, which topped the regular season standings this season, is the undisputed champion of the domestic WK League.

Having won 10 consecutive championships from 2013 to last year, Hyundai Steel, which holds the ‘most wins in history’, is now aiming for its 11th championship trophy.

Their opponents, Suwon FC, are not going to back down easily.

Suwon FC will be looking to win the title for the first time in 13 years after defeating Hyundai Steel in 2010, when they were the Suwon Facilities Management Corporation.

The team is also determined to erase the disappointment of losing to Hyundai Steel in the 2019 championship final when they were still Suwon City Corporation.

In this year’s head-to-head, Suwon FC has the advantage with 2 wins and 1 loss.

In the regular season, Hyundai Steel has 13 wins, 3 draws, and 5 losses (42 points) and Suwon FC has 12 wins, 4 draws, and 5 losses (40 points).

Both teams have scored the same number of goals (36) and conceded the same number of goals, with Hyundai Steel (14) conceding one less goal than Suwon FC (15).

It will also be a battle of pride for the Taegeuk Warriors who play for the women’s national team, including Moon Mi-ra, Jeon Eun-ha, Choo Hyo-joo, Ji So-yeon, Shim Seo-yeon, and Kim Kyung-hee (Suwon FC) and Kang Chae-rim, Jung Seol-bin, Lee Min-ah, Kim Hye-ri, Jang Seul-ki, and Kim Jung-mi (Hyundai Steel). 토토

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‘3 Hits in PO Game 1’ NC’s Oh Young-soo “Will I start today?”

Without much thought, NC Dinos manager Kang Myung-ho (51) wrote Oh Young-soo’s (23) name in the No. 7 spot on the starting lineup card for Game 2 of the playoffs (PO).

However, on the 31st, the day of the second game of the PO against the KT Wiz at Katie Wiz Park in Suwon, Oh confirmed it again with a surprised expression, saying, “Is it true?”

“I wasn’t sure about the starting lineup, but…. I’ll do my best today,” he said.

In the previous day’s PO Game 1, Oh started as the seventh batter and first baseman, and in his first at-bat of the second inning, he hit a solo arch over the left-center field wall off KT starter William Cuevas.

He went on to go 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs in Game 1 of the PO, leading his team to a 9-5 victory.

“The best player in my mind is Oh Young-soo,” said Son after Game 1, “He must have been suffering from a bad semi-playoffs, but he did a great job. He hit a home run in the first game of the PO when it really mattered.” 바카라사이트 He praised his junior.

“I was surprised that he said that,” Oh said, “I was happy for the team to get to the top. But in the back of my mind, I was thinking, ‘I hope the day comes when I’m crazy too. I really want to do well,'” he confessed.

In the semi-finals against SSG Landers, Oh went 1-for-7.

However, coach Kang Myung-ho gave him a chance to start in Game 1 of the POs, and he responded with three hits, including a cool home run.

As a right-handed hitter, Oh thought, “KT’s starter today is left-handed pitcher Wes Benjamin, so I might be left out.”

However, Kang kept him in the starting lineup for the second game of the PO with a left-handed pitcher.

After Game 1 of the POs, Oh’s parents congratulated him, saying, “We laughed a lot because of him.”

“I don’t think my parents were overjoyed. They just said a short congratulations,” he laughed.

Of course, Oh’s father and mother would have been overwhelmed with emotion for their son, who was winning big game after big game.

Instead, the NC fans celebrated with loud cheers. Before the second game of the PO, one fan even handed him a gift. 카지노사이트

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6 referees involved in Jeonbuk-Pohang match suspended for rest of season

Referees who failed to properly manage the substitution situation in the Jeonbuk Hyundai-Pohang Steelers match in the 35th round of the K League 1 have been suspended for the remainder of the season.

The Referee Committee of the Korea Football Association held a referee evaluation subcommittee at the Football Hall in Jongno-gu, Seoul, on Jan. 31, and decided to suspend all six referees who presided over the game for the remainder of the season in connection with the “violation of substitution procedures” that occurred in the Jeonbuk-Pohang match at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on Jan. 28.

The referee committee held the six referees (head referee, standby referee, first assistant referee, second assistant referee, video assistant referee (VAR) and assistant VAR referee) responsible for violating the implementation and observance of Article 3.3 of the Laws of the Game and decided to suspend their assignments for the remainder of the 2023 K League and other competitions, including the FA Cup.

In particular, both the head referee and the standby referee, who were more responsible for the failure to enforce the rule by presiding over the game, will be referred to the year-end agenda of the Referee Committee for a possible demotion of the referee to the next level of the K League 1 and K League 2 referee list.

The “player substitution incident” occurred in the 22nd minute of the first half of the Jeonbuk-Pohang match when Pohang requested a player substitution while Pohang defender Kim Yong-hwan was being treated off the field for an injury.

Pohang requested to substitute Shin Kwang-hoon for Kim In-sung, but the referees mistakenly thought that the injured Kim Yong-hwan was being substituted and allowed Shin Kwang-hoon to come on while Kim In-sung had not left the field.

This led to a situation where Kim In-sung and Shin Kwang-hoon played together for about four and a half minutes.

After realizing that the substitution was incorrect, the referees sent Kim In-sung off the field and the game resumed.

“Referees must thoroughly manage and supervise the process of injuries and treatment of players, as well as the entrance and exit of players from the stadium,” said Lee Jung-min, chairman of the Referee Committee. “The referee’s mistake, which occurred in a situation where injured players were transported, treated around the stadium, and players were substituted at the same time, can be called a human error, but it is difficult to tolerate in the K League 1, the highest level of Korean soccer.”

Meanwhile, the KFA will decide whether to forfeit the game or not after a full review.

An official from the professional league said, “As it is not a matter of mechanical judgment, we need more time to review it,” adding, “Due to the FA Cup schedule, there will be no K League matches for a while, so we need to make a reasonable judgment rather than a quick decision.” 슬롯게이밍

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“Serve double motion unsportsmanlike…women’s volleyball coaches agree”

GS Caltex women’s volleyball head coach Cha Sang-hyun expressed her negative opinion on the recent “serve double” movement that has taken over the men’s game.

Ahead of the team’s home match against Heungkuk Life at Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul on Nov. 31, Cha said, “I don’t think it’s good. I don’t think it should be taught. It’s unsportsmanlike behavior,” he said.

The “serve double move,” which was introduced by Japanese invitational team Panasonic at the Professional Volleyball Cup in August, takes advantage of players’ habit of moving to an attacking position immediately after serving.

According to the rules of volleyball, the player who receives the ball at the moment of the serve must be in a designated position from 1 to 6. If they move out of position, they are awarded one point for a “positional fault.

A serve double is when the server pauses while serving, as if in a staggered attack, to induce an opponent’s positional fault.

On the 26th, KEPCO and Hyundai Capital exchanged points with this move in the men’s game.

When KEPCO scored first in the second set, the Hyundai Capital bench protested to the referee, but when they were not accepted, they retaliated by doing the same in the third set.

In response, Cha said, “There is a chat room where only women’s volleyball coaches gather. “I said, ‘Let’s not try it as much as we did,’ and all the coaches agreed,” Cha said, adding, “If every player serves like that, it’s not going to look good.

Cha believes the same is true for foreign coaches.

Marcello Abondanza (Italy), the head coach of Heungkuk Life ahead of the match, agreed.

“I talked to him about it,” Cha said, “and I said, ‘We don’t want that to happen,’ and he agreed. 먹튀검증

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KT’s veteran infielders parade back-to-back errors…

The KT Wiz’s infield is made up of veterans.

All of the infielders who started in the first and second rounds of the playoffs (PO), including second baseman Park Kyung-soo (39), first baseman Park Byung-ho (37), third baseman Hwang Jae-gyun (36), shortstop Kim Sang-soo (33), and catcher Jang Jang-woo (33), are in their 30s.

Their playing experience is the highest among the infielders of the 10 clubs.

KT’s infield has been dominating the KBO since before its PO opponent, the NC Dinos, was founded.

They also have a lot of postseason experience. Not a single KT infielder hasn’t played fall ball.

Park Byung-ho and Hwang Jae-gyun have even played in the Major League Baseball (MLB).

This makes the errors in the first and second games of this year’s PO all the more bitter.

KT lost the first game of the NC and PO at Katie Weeds Park in Suwon on the 30th due to a throwing error by third baseman Hwang Jae-gyun.

In the top of the third inning, trailing 0-2, Hwang missed an infield hit by the opposing team’s leadoff hitter, Park Min-woo.

Hwang Jae-gyun didn’t see where the ball was going to land and fumbled, allowing Park Min-woo to reach first base.

The error led to a run. KT starter William Cuevas was shaken up badly and gave up two runs on singles to Park Gun-woo and Kwon Hee-dong, making it 0-4.

KT was unable to overcome the deficit and lost the game 5-9.

The ghost of errors haunted KT in the second game of the PO at the same venue on the 31st. This time, it was Park Byung-ho who committed the fatal error.

Trailing 0-2 in the top of the third inning, Byung-ho Park dropped an infield grounder by Son As-seob with no outs, allowing Kim Joo-won to score from third base to make the score 0-3.

In the fifth inning, Hwang Jae-gyun made another mistake after the first inning of the PO.

He missed Park Min-woo’s hard-hit ball in the second inning, allowing the runner to score. Although no further runs were scored, the team’s mood sank heavily.

For the second day in a row, the veteran infielders’ errors cast a cloud over KT.

On the other hand, NC’s “young” infield, with Park Min-woo (30) as the most experienced, made a stark difference, committing only one error in five fall baseball games from the wild card deciding game to the first round of the PO. 파워볼사이트

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Heungkuk Life leads women’s volleyball over GS Caltex

Heungkuk Life took the lead in women’s volleyball behind the precision bombing of Kim Yeon-kyung and Yelena Mrazenovic (registered name Yelena).

Heungkuk Life swept GS Caltex with a set score of 3-0 (25-22 26-24 25-23) in the women’s visiting match of the Professional Volleyball Dodram 2023-2024 V-League at Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul on Nov. 31.

Heungkuk Life, which suffered its first loss of the season in the previous match on Sept. 29, when it led 2-0 before falling 2-3, shook off the shock of the upset in two days.

With the three additional points, Heungkuk Life moved to the top of the standings with a 4-1-1 record and 12 points, pushing Hyundai E&C (3-2-1, 10 points) to second place.

Kim Yeon-kyung and Yelena led the way for Heungkuk Life, combining for 37 points in the win.

Kim finished with 18 points, while Yelena added 19 points.

The two players were especially responsible for the offense, committing only three errors, two by Yelena and one by Kim, giving off the scent of ‘volleyball masters’.

GS Caltex was led by Giselle Silva (real name Silva), who scored a team-high 19 points, but was unable to fulfill her role as the main gun as she committed a whopping 12 errors.

Heungkuk Life took advantage of the “concentration after 20 points” in the first set.

At 20-21, they tied the score with an attack by Kim Yeon-kyung and then took the lead with an attack error by GS Caltex’s Yoo Seo-yeon.

At 22-22, Yelena and Kim Mi-yeon scored back-to-back points to neutralize the opponent’s defense, and at 24-22 set point, Do Soo-bin’s dig after a hard hit by Silva landed in an empty GS Caltex court.

In the second set, Heungkuk Life also fought back after the 20th point.

At 21-22, Kim Yeon-kyung intercepted Silva’s attack to tie the score, and Park Soo-yeon, who came in as the one-point server, served an ace.

At 24-24 deuce, Kim’s staggered attack hit the state court, and Reina Tokoku (registered name Reina) blocked Silva’s back-attack to clinch the second set.

Heungkuk Life kept the momentum going and took a two-point lead at 20-20 in the third set with a kill by Yelena and a block by Kim Soo-ji, and Kim Yeon-kyung scored the final 25 points.

GS Caltex committed 22-11 errors to end its opening three-game winning streak and suffer its first loss of the season (8 points). 토토사이트

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Korea sets Asian record in men’s 800m freestyle relay…first team gold in history

‘Hwang Sun-woo and the Golden Generation’ set an Asian record and gave Korean swimming its first ever team gold medal at an Asian Games.

The Korean men’s 800-meter freestyle relay team of Yang Jae-hoon (25-Gangwon Provincial Government), Lee Ho-joon (22-Daegu Metropolitan City), Kim Woo-min (22) and Hwang Sun-woo (20-Isangwon Provincial Government) were the first to touch the touchpad in 7:01.73 in the men’s 800-meter freestyle relay final at the Hangzhou Asian Games 2022 at the Hangzhou Olympic Center Swimming Pool in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China on Friday.

The time of 7:01.73 is an Asian record, shaving 0.53 seconds off Japan’s record of 7:02.26 set at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, 14 years ago.

This was before regulations on the shape and material of the swimsuits that produced the record.

South Korea, which had previously won only four silver medals in the team event relay (women’s 400-meter freestyle relay in Beijing in 1990, men’s 800-meter freestyle relay in Hiroshima in 1994, men’s 400-meter medley relay in Guangzhou in 2010, and women’s 400-meter medley relay in Incheon in 2014), made history by winning gold in the men’s 800-meter freestyle relay in Hangzhou.

A new Asian record doubled the joy.

Hosts China (Wang Shun, New Guangsheng, Yang Haoyu, Fan Zhanle) were hoping to regain the top spot for the first time in 13 years since Guangzhou 2010, but finished second in 7:03.40, 1.67 seconds behind South Korea.

Despite fielding a strong team that included Fan Zhanle, who won the 100-meter freestyle the day before, Yang Haoyu, who finished second, and Wang Sun, 온라인카지노 who won gold in the 200-meter individual medley, the swimmers who have sparked a renaissance in Korean swimming were faster.

Japan finished third in 7:06.29.

Hwang Sun-woo, who had won bronze in the 100-meter freestyle the day before, struck gold for his second individual Asian Games medal, while Lee Ho-joon, Kim Woo-min and Yang Jae-hoon, as well as preliminaries Lee Yoo-yeon (Korea Gymnastics) and Kim Gun-woo (Dokdo Sports), also won their first Asian Games gold medals.

In the final, the first Korean runner, Yang Jae-hoon, finished the race in 1:46.83, just 0.87 seconds behind Wang Sun in 1:45.96.

After Yang’s smooth start, No. 2 Lee Ho-joon picked up the pace and passed the Chinese at the 300-meter mark. Lee clocked 1:45.36, 1.32 seconds faster than New Guangsheng (1:46.68).

South Korea widened the gap further as No. 3 Kim Woo-min clocked 1:44.50 to beat Yang Haowei (1:45.99).

The final Korean runner, Hwang Sun-woo (1:45.04), who entered the water 1.94 seconds ahead of China, held off the challenge of Pan Zhan-li (1:44.77) to reach the finish line where his teammates were waiting.

His teammates, including Kim Woo-min, who had been shouting “hurry up,” roared as he touched the touchpad.

Hwang, Lee, and the rest of the Korean men’s 800-meter freestyle relay team said, “All four members of the relay did so well in training that I thought, ‘Is this a Korean record?’ We’ve been training really hard,” said Hwang, adding, “In the 800-meter freestyle relay, we’re not only trying to break the Korean record (7:04.07) but also the Asian record.”

Armed with grueling training and trust in their teammates, the Korean relay team achieved both goals in the actual competition: an Asian record and a gold medal. 슬롯

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Oh Sang-wook stops Goo Bon-gil’s 4-game losing streak, “I’m nervous about losing five years ago”

Oh Sang-wook (Daejeon Metropolitan City Hall), who won gold in the men’s sabre individual competition at the Asian Games after defeating the reigning champion Koo Bon-gil (Korea National Sports Promotion Organization), admitted that he was nervous in the final moments of the match as he remembered his “one-point defeat” five years ago.

“I remember losing in the final at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games, so I was very nervous,” Oh said at a press conference after winning the men’s individual sabre event at the Hangzhou Asian Games 2022 at the Hangzhou University of Electronic Science and Technology Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China, on Friday. “I’m glad I was able to control my game in the second half.”

Oh Sang-wook, the silver medalist in the individual event at the Jakarta Games, defeated Goo Bon-gil 15-7 in the final to win his first individual gold medal at the Asian Games.

Oh, who also reached the final five years ago in his Asian Games debut, but had to settle for runner-up honors after failing to overcome the senior Koo’s dominance at the time, won the ‘final return match’ in style to end Koo’s bid for a fourth straight individual title.

“I didn’t focus on records like (Koo’s) four straight losses. “I was relaxed because it was a Korean final and we had secured 1-2,” he said, adding, “I just wanted to win in this situation and win the gold medal rather than thinking about the last Asian Games.

For Oh, the gold medal in the individual event was even more meaningful as he was rushing to rehabilitate after undergoing surgery for an ankle injury last November.

“I didn’t have much time to recover from my injury,” he said, “but my teammates told me, ‘You’re good, you can do it,’ so I was able to find my confidence,” he added.

“It was a good opportunity to measure my ‘combat power’ ahead of the Paris Olympics, which is less than a year away,” he said, adding, “I was very nervous, but I don’t have many opportunities to play in such an environment, so I am more honored to win the gold medal.” 스포츠토토

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‘Golden day’ on opening day as swimming’s Hwang Sun-woo adds five more golds

South Korean athletes cruised to five gold medals on the opening day of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games as they continued to dominate the early medal race.

The Koreans picked up golds in taekwondo, shooting and fencing, were strong in martial arts and bayoneting, and added two golds in swimming in the evening to take their tally to 10 after the opening two days.

First, the South Korean men’s 800-meter freestyle relay team of Yang Jae-hoon (Gangwon Provincial Office), Lee Ho-joon (Daegu City Hall), Kim Woo-min and Hwang Sun-woo (both Gangwon Provincial Office) finished the final in an Asian record time of 7:01.73 at the Olympic Center Pool in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, on Friday.

South Korea, which had previously won four silver medals in the team event, made history by winning gold in the relay for the first time at an Asian Games.

China’s team of Fan Zhanle, Wang Shun, New Guangsheng and Yang Haoyu finished second in 7:03.40.

After winning bronze in the 100-meter freestyle the previous day, Hwang Sun-woo (Korea Gymnastics Federation) won his second Asian Games medal in gold, while qualifiers Lee Yoo-yeon (Korea Gymnastics Federation) and Kim Gun-woo (Dokdo Sports Organization) also won gold.

Earlier in the day, Ji Yoo-chan (Daegu City Hall) won the men’s 50-meter freestyle in 21.72 seconds, becoming the first South Korean to win gold in this event in 21 years.

It was the first gold medal in the men’s 50-meter freestyle at an Asian Games for a South Korean athlete since Kim Min-seok at Busan 2002.

Ho Ian Yan-tou (HKR) finished second in 21.87, while Fan Zhan-liu, the 100-meter freestyle winner the previous day, took bronze in 21.92.

In taekwondo, Jang Jun (Korea Gas Corp.) won the men’s 58-kilogram final, defeating Mahmi Hajimosaeinapoti (Iran) by a round score of 2-0.

Following the gold medals won by Kang Wan-jin (Hongcheoncheong) and Cha Ye-eun (Kyung Hee University) in the Poomsae event on the first day of competition, the taekwondo dominance continued on the second day.

Jang Jun, the bronze medalist at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, won his first Asian Games title and showed why he is one of the world’s best in his weight class.

In shooting, the men’s 10-meter running target team of Jung Jeong-jin (Cheongju City Hall), Ha Kwang-cheol (Busan City Hall), and Kwak Yong-bin (Chungnam Sports Association) won gold with 1,668 points.

The Koreans had the same total score as North Korea, but won the 10-meter event with a 39-29 advantage in hits in the center of the 10-meter mark.

This is the first time South Korea has ever won gold in the 10-meter running target team event at an Asian Games.

In fencing, Korean athletes dominated the finals for the second day in a row.

The previous day, Choi In-jung and Song Sera met in the women’s epee final, with Choi winning gold, and today, Oh Sang-wook (Daejeon City Hall) and Goo Bon-gil (Korea Sports Promotion Organization) met in the men’s sabre final, with Oh winning gold and Goo sharing silver.

The pair met in the final at the previous Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang, where Koo won 15-14 to claim his third consecutive Asian Games individual title, but this time Oh took the top spot on the podium.

In sailing, one gold medal was ‘booked’.

Competing in the men’s windsurfing RS:X class at the Ningbo Xiangshan Sailing Center, Cho Won-woo (Haeundae City Hall) had a penalty score of 13 after the 12th race, clinching the gold medal without the need for a result on the 26th.

Wonwoo Cho will take home the gold medal even if he does not compete on the 26th. However, the gold medal will be awarded to Cho at a ceremony after the 26th race.

In judo, Lee Jun-hwan (Yongin University) made it to the final in the men’s 81-kilogram category, but lost to Somon Makhmedbekov (Tajikistan) by half a thigh reverse.

For the second day in a row, a silver medal came from judo, following Lee Hae-rim (KOR) in the men’s 60kg category the day before.

In the semifinals of the table tennis team event, the Korean men’s and women’s teams had mixed fortunes.

The men defeated Iran 3-0 to reach the final, their 10th consecutive Asian Games team event final since Seoul 1986, and will face ‘Great Wall’ China in the final on Saturday.

The women’s team, on the other hand, lost 1-3 to Japan in the quarterfinals, marking their first appearance in an Asian Games team final in 33 years since their silver medal in Beijing in 1990.

In women’s soccer, Ji So-yeon (Suwon FC) reached the milestone of 150 A-match appearances and Son Hwa-yeon (Hyundai Steel) scored a hat-trick as South Korea beat the Philippines 5-1 for their second straight win and a spot in the quarterfinals.

North Korea, which had won one bronze medal the previous day, won silver in the women’s 70-kilogram judo and men’s 10-meter running target team events and complemented its bronze in the women’s gymnastics team event.

South Korea is second in the medal standings with 10 gold, 10 silver and 13 bronze medals through 25 days of competition.

China leads the way with 39 gold medals, followed by Japan with five golds, 14 silvers and 12 bronzes.

North Korea is 13th with two silver and two bronze medals. 파워볼분석

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