Olympic Update – Day 12

Medal Count

South Korea – South Korea walked away with two additions to its medal count, a gold and a bronze.  South Korea’s cuurent count stands at 7 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze, placing them in 11th place in the medal standings with 16 medals.

North Korea – North Korea had no medal competitions today, so its medal count remained at 2 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze – 7 total.

Breakdown

South Korea – Taekwondo was the sport of the day for South Korea, with Kim So-hui competing in the women’s -49kg and Kim Tae-hun competing in the men’s -58kg competition.  Tae-hun started the day rough, with a loss to Tawin Hanprab of Thailand in the round of 16.  Tae-hun then battled back to repechage, defeating Austrailia’s Safwan Khalil to advance to the bronze medal match.  Tae-hun then defeated Mexico’s Carlos Ruben Navarro Valdez (I apologize if the name is in im proper order) for the bronze medal, winning South Korea’s first medal in Taekwondo in Rio.  Kim So-hui was more successful, defeating Julissa Diez Canseco of Peru (round of 16), Panipak Wongpattanakit of Thailand (quaterfinals), Yasmina Aziez of France (semi-final), and Tijana Bogdanovic of Serbia (finals) to win the gold medal, South Korea’s first gold in Taekwondo in Rio.  Elsewhere, South Korea’s two golf superstars Park In-bee and Kim Sei-young both shot a 66 in the first round of the women’s golf tournament, leaving in a tie for 2nd.  South Korea’s two other golfers, Chun In-gee (-1) and Yang Hee-young had struggles on day 1, shooting 1 under and 2 over respectivly.  Wednesday was not all good for South Korea.  In Table Tennis, Germany defeated South Korea in the bronze medal match, and badmintoner Son Wan-ho was defeated in the men’s single quaterfinals by Chen Long of China.

North Korea – North Korea continues a slow patch at the Olympics.  This morning, wrestler Kim Hyon-gyong lost in her qualification match against Milana Dadsheva of Russia in women’s 48kg freestyle.  Later in the day, North Korean diver Kim Un-hyang finished 18th in the 10 meter platform diving contest and will be diving in the semifinals tomorrow.

Headlines

Drought Ends With Taekwondo Medals; Golfers off to Strong Start in Women’s Event

South Korean Kim Tae-hun Wins Taekwondo Bronze

Golf Coach Guides Players with Her Cooking

Former Team Phenom Embraces Pressure, Earns Hard-Fought Gold

South Korean Kim So-hui Wins Taekwondo Gold

South Korean Coach Guides Thai Athelte to Historic Taekwondo Medal

South Koreans Enjoy Beign Conditions in Women’s Golf

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