Olympic Update – Days 8-10

Medal Count

South Korea – Over the weekend, South Korea won a single bronze, and Monday did not win a medal.  Currently in 10th place, South Korea has 6 gold, 3 siver and 5 bronze, for a total of 14 medals.

North Korea – North Korea won a silver medal over the weekend, and added its second gold medal on Monday, bringing its total medal count to 2 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze,

Breakdown

South Korea – Saturday was a slow, forgettable day for South Korea at the 2016 Olympics.  Weightlifter Park Han-woong finished 10th in the 94kg, and the men’s national soccer team was eliminated from the tournament, losing to Honduras 1-0.

Sunday was almost as forgettable, but was mirred with controversy.  South Korean westler Kim Hyeon-woo lost to Russian Roman Vlasov 7-5, earning only two points for a move which should have granted him the 7-6 victory – the score at the time was 6-3 Vlasov leading.  After a challenge in the match result, Vlasov was awarded an extra point, and the ruling stood.  Kim would not be at a total loss, however, fighting back to win an eventual bronze medal, despite the controversy.  South Korea’s two golfers, An Byeong-hun and Wang eung-hyun finished outside of medal contention – tied 14th and tied 8th respectivly.  In Badminton, South Korean Son Wan-ho defeated Ukrain’s Artem Pochtarov in the men’s individual group play.  Sung Ji-hyun also defeated her opponent, Singapore’s Liang Xiao Yu in roup play.  South Koreans Ko ung-hyun and Kim Ha-na fell in the Quaterfinals of the mixed doubles competition, losing to China’s Xu Chen and Ma Jin.  In Fencing, South Korean men’s epee team lost to Hungary in the quaterfinals, defeating Venzula and witzerland to finish in 5th place in the compititon.  Finally, South Korea defeated Argentina in women’s handball.

Monday was full of Badminton for South Korea.  Starting the day, Kim Gi-jung and Kim Sa-rang fell to China’s Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan in quaterfinals of the men’s doubles competition.  South Koreans Jung Kyung-eun and Shin Seung-chan finshed a little better, defeating Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek from teh Netherlands in their quaterfinal.  The other duo of men, Lee Young-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong also fell in the quaterfinals, losing to Malaysia’s Goh V. Shem and Tan Wee Kiong.  Two single’s players, Son Wan-ho (men’s) and Sung Ji-hyun both won their respective matches in the round of 16, advancing to the quaterfinals.  However, Bae Yeon-ju was defeated by Okuhara Nozomi from Japan in the round of 16 for the women’s compeition.  Closing the day was an upset of South Korea’s men’s table tennis team by the team from China.

North Korea – Saturday was a very uneventful day for North Korea, with only one event, a women’s table tennis quaterfinal match against China.  North Korea lost the match.

Sunday was a little more active for North Korean athletes.  In wrestling, Yun Won-chol was victorious over Egypt’s Haithem Fahmey Mahamoud, but would lose in the quaterfinals to Elmurat Tasmurdov of Uzbekistan.  In the last event for North Korea on Sunday, wieghtlifter Kim Kuk-hyang won a silver medal in the womens +75kg division.

Monday was a successful day for North Korea.  In his only event, gymanst Ri Se-gwang won gold in the vault finals.  It was the only individual event final a North Korean gymnast qualified for.

Headlines

 Tough Day for Badminton Pairs; Table Tennis Team Falls to China

North Korean Gymnast wins Vault Gold

Wrestler Hit With South Korea’s First Judging Controversy, Still Wins Bronze

North Korean Weightlifter Wins Silver

South Koreans Finish Out of Contention in Men’s Golf

South Korean Men’s Epee Team Loses n Quaters

South Korean Football Bid Foiled by Hot Hands in Opposing Net

Despite Elemination, South Korean Football Coach Sees Bright Future

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