Olympic Update – Days 14-15

Medal Count

South Korea – On Friday, South Korea won a single gold medal, following with another gold and a bronze on Saturday.  South Korea enters the final day with 9 gold, 3 silver, and 9 bronze medals.  A total of 21 medals places South Korea in 8th place in the medal standings.

North Korea – North Korea won zero medals on Friday and Saturday, its current medal count staying at 2 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze.

Breakdown

South Korea – South Korea started with a defeat on Friday.  Wrestler Yun Jun-shik lost to Haji Aliyev of Azerbaijan in the Repechage of the men’s freestyle competition.  Despite a bleak start, taekwondo competitor Oh Hye-ri defeated Melissa Pagnotta of Canada in the women’s -67kg comepition.  Oh then defeated Chuang Chia-Chia of Taiwan (officially listed as Chinese Taipei) in the quarterfinals and Farida Azizova of Azerbaijan to advance to the gold medal match against Haby Niare of France.  After a 10 point second round, Oh Hye-ri would hold off Niare to bring in South Korea’s 8th gold medal of the Rio games.  As for the golfers, South Korea’s Park In-bee maintained her lead with a 1 under par 70.  Teammate Yang Hee-young also shot a 70 and ended round 3 in a tie for 5th place.  hun In-gee ended round 3 with a one over par 72, but stayed in decent position in a tie for 5th as well.  Kim Sei-young would turn in the highest round 3 score at 2 over 73, leaving her in a tie for 22nd place at 1 under through 3 rounds.

Saturday started with a run away gold in golf.  Park In-bee built on her 2 stroke lead with a final round score of 66; her overall score of 16 under par won the tournament by 5 strokes.  Her closest teammate was Yang Hee-young who shot a final round 67 to finish the tournament in a tie for 4th at 9 under par.  Both Chun In-gee and Kim Sie-young struggled on day four, both posting an even par 71 to finish in 13th and 25th respectively.  Cha Dong-min, a gold medal hopeful, looked to add to Park’s already stellar performance, starting his day with a victory over Arman-Marshall Silla of Belarus in men’s +80kg taekwondo round of 16.  However, Cha lost to Radik Isaev of Azerbaijan to fall into the repechage bracket.  By defeating Kazakhstan, Cha advanced to the bronze medal match.  Cha then defeated Uzbekistan’s Dmitry Shokin to take home a bronze medal for South Korea.

North Korea – North Korean wrestler Yang Kyong-il was the only athlete to compete on Friday, taking part in the men’s freestyle 57kg competition.  His first match, against Japan’s Higuchi Rei, ended in defeat and a trip to the repechage.  In repechage round 1, Yang defeated Asadulla Lachinau of Belarus.  Success, however, was short-lived as Yang lost to Yowlys Bonne Rodriguez of Cuba in round 2, and was eliminated from the competition without a medal.

North Korea did not have an athlete compete in any event on Saturday.

Headlines

South Korean Park In-bee Win’s Gold in Women’s Golf

LPGA Star Overcomes Injury Concern to Claim Rio Gold

South Korean Golf Legend Relishes Olympic Gold By Pupil

South Korean Rhythmic Gymnast Finishes Fourth In All-Round

Ex-Taekwondo Gold Medalist Knocked out in Quarters

Golfer Defies Odds; Fifth Taekwondo Medal in Rio

Taekwondo Medalist Grateful for Bronze at Final Olympics

South Korea’s Cha Dong-min Wins Taekwondo Bronze

Disappointed Golfer Learns From Mistakes in Rio

Oh Hye-ri Wins Taekwondo Gold

Women’s Volleyball Captain Laments Lack of Support

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