Hangzhou Asian Games just Rose… Hwang Seon-woo and Jeon Woong-tae go on their First Gold Hunt this Weekend
Hangzhou Asian Games to open on the 23rd
Target for 50 gold medals and 3rd place overall
Largest-ever squad of 1,180 players
Many stars including Faker and Woo Sang-hyuk will participate 바카라
Hwang Sun-woo, 100m freestyle 'golden water'
Challenges Jeon Woong-tae's second consecutive victory in modern pentathlon
The Hangzhou Asian Games, a ‘festival of 4.7 billion Asians,’ will begin with an opening ceremony on the 23rd and last for 16 days.
Korea's goal is to rank third overall (50 gold medals) after China and Japan.
The Taegeuk Warriors will begin their gold medal hunt starting on the 24th, the second day of the opening ceremony.
The opening ceremony of the 19th Asian Games will be held at the Olympic Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, at 9 p.m. on the 23rd (Korean time).
It has been five years since the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games. It was delayed by a year due to COVID-19.
This is why the official name of the competition is '2022 Hangzhou Asian Games' even though it will be held in 2023.
In this competition, 12,500 athletes from 45 countries belonging to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) will participate to determine the winner of 483 gold medals in 61 events.
Korea dispatched 1,180 people, the largest number ever.
The goal of the Korean team, which departed for China on the 20th, is to place 3rd overall.
Korea, which took second place in five consecutive competitions from the 1998 Bangkok Games to the 2014 Incheon Games, fell to third place, far behind Japan, at the 2018 Jakarta Games.
The Korea Sports Council believed that it would be difficult to surpass Japan in this competition as well.
The biggest highlight of this tournament is the performance of the star players.
Representative examples include Woo Sang-hyuk (high jump), who is rewriting the history of Korean athletics, and Hwang Sun-woo, who is leading the renaissance of Korean swimming.
Koo Bon-gil (fencing), Shin Yu-bin (table tennis), Ahn Se-young (badminton), and Park Hye-jeong (weight lifting) also set a goal of standing on the highest spot on the podium.
The men's golf team, which includes Lim Seong-jae and Kim Si-woo, who are active on the PGA Tour, as well as Jang Yu-bin and Jo Woo-young, who are expected to become pros, is determined to win the gold medal.
‘Faker’ Lee Sang-hyeok (27), who participates in the e-sports League of Legends (LoL), is a figure recognized by gamers not only in Korea but around the world. Known as the ‘Esports Emperor’ and the ‘Living Legend of eSports,’ he debuted as a professional gamer in 2013 and has won the most trophies in the world.
On the 21st (local time), Reuters introduced Lee Sang-hyuk as one of the '6 players to watch at the Hangzhou Asian Games.'
Reuters reported, “Lee Sang-hyuk, better known by his pro gamer name Faker, is called the ‘Michael Jordan of e-sports.’
“For the past 10 years, Faker has dominated LoL,” he said.
“As eSports became an official event for the first time in the Asian Games in Hangzhou, Faker became the most attractive card of this tournament.”
Among the six players selected by Reuters, Lee Sang-hyuk is the only Korean player.
The 24th is expected to be the first ‘golden day’ for the Korean team.
On this day, with a total of 31 gold medals at stake, Korea is expecting medal news in modern pentathlon, taekwondo, and swimming.
It is expected that the women's modern pentathlon event will start with individual and team events.
Modern pentathlon is a sport in which one athlete competes in fencing, swimming, horseback riding, and laser running (track and field + shooting).
Korea is aiming for gold medals in the team and individual events at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, led by Kim Se-hee, who won the silver medal in the individual event, and Seon-woo Kim, who won the bronze medal.
In the men's division, Jeon Woong-tae attempts to win his second consecutive individual title.
Next, a Taekwondo Poomsae individual exhibition will be held, where the pride of the home country will be at stake.
In the men's division, Kang Wan-jin, the gold medalist in the team event in the previous competition, will participate in the individual event, and in the women's division, Cha Ye-eun is also aiming for a medal.
Hwang Seon-woo, the 'signature' of Korean swimming, is scheduled to compete in the 100m freestyle this afternoon and face his rival Pan Zhanle (China) in a bout.