Olympic Update – Day 7

Medal Count

South Korea – South Korea won 2 medals on Friday, 1 gold and 1 silver.  This brings the total medal count to 13 medals – 6 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze.  South Korea is currently 5th place in the medal count.

North Korea – North Korea won its first gold medal of the games Friday, bringing its total medal count to 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze.  Overall total 5 medals for the North Korean athletes.  North Korea sits at 20th in the medal count.

Breakdown

South Korea – South Korea achived an Olympic feat in archery, with archer Ku Bon-chan winning gold in the men’s individual archery tournament.  His victory finalized a South Korean sweep of the archery golds.  Shooter Kim Jong-hyun also came home with a medal on Friday, winning silver in the 50 meter men’s rifle with a total of 208.2 points.  The winning score, a 209.5 turned in by German shooter Henri Junghaenel, was an Olympic record.  Friday was not without heartbreak for South Korea, however.  Judo ended without a South Korean gold, the first time South Korea has failed to win a judo gold since the 2000 Olympics.  Elsewhere in Rio, South Korea’s men’s badmitten duo of Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong reached the quaterfinals, as did women’s duo Chang Ye-na and Lee So -hee.  Both of South Korea’s table tennis teams, men’s and women’s, advanced to the quaterfinals, defeating Brazil and Romania respectivly.  South Korea’s women’s handball team lost to France Friday, thus eliminating them from the quaterfinals.  Women’s volleyball lost to host Brazil; however, they will make the top eight no matter the result of their final match against Cameroon in pool A.  South Korea’s two golfers had a difficult day, each carding a 1 over par 72 on Friday.  An Byeong-hun currently sits in a two way tie for 18th at 2 under after two rounds, while Wang Jeung-hun is in a 7 way tie for 30th at level par.

North Korea – North Korea had a realitivly restful day, with only two compitions.  Weightlifter Rim Jong-sim took gold in the women’s 75kg division, becoming only the second North Korean athlete to win multiple olympic gold medals.  In Women’s team table tennis, North Korea deafeted Australia to advance to the quaterfinals and will play China tomorrow.

Headlines

South Korea End Judo Without Gold Medal

History Made in Archery; Surprise Silver in Shooting

Weightlifter Rim Jong-sim wins North Korea’s 1st Gold in Rio

South Korean Ku Bon-chan Wins Archery Gold

South Korea Completes Historic Archery Sweep

South Korean Golfer Rues Poor Ball Striking in Up-and-Down Round

South Korean Men Shaky in Second Round of Men’s Golf

 

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