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.


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.


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


Olympic Update – Day 13

First, I misspoke about the North Korean diver yesterday.  She did not qualify to compete in the semifinals.

Medal Count

South Korea – South Korea picked up 2 bronze medals on Thursday, bringing its count to 7 gold, 3 silver and 8 bronze.  The 18 total places South Korea in 11th place.

North Korea – North Korea did not win a medal Thursday and its current count stands at 2 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze.


South Korea – South Korea’s first medal from the women’s badminton competition, where duo Jung Kyung-eun and Shin Seung-chan defeated China’s Tang Yuanting and u Yang for the bronze medal.  Korea’s other medal came from the men’s -68kg taekwondo match.  Lee Dae-hoon started the day with a victory against Central African Republic’s David Sylvere Patrick Boui (again, apologize if I have mis-ordered the name) in the round of 16.  Lee lost to Ahmad Abughaush of Jordan in the quarterfinals.  He made it to the bronze medal match with a victory over Egypt’s Ghofran Ahmed.  In the bronze medal match, Lee defeated Jaouad Achab of Belgium 11-7 to take home the medal.  South Korea’s women’s golfers played very in round two.  Park In-bee carded a second round 66 placing her atop the leaderboard with a two round total of 10 under par.  Her teammate Chun In-gee also carded a 66 and sits in a tie for 8th with a two round total of 6 under par.  Korea’s low player in round two was Yang Hee-young who carded a 65 and sits in a tie for 17th place at 4 under par.  The high player for South Korea in round 2, Kim Sei-young shot a 73 and sits at 3 under par in a tie for 22nd place.

North Korea – North Kore had only one athlete compete on Thursday, wrestler Jong Myong-suk in the women’s freestyle 53kg competition.  She defeated Canada’s Jillian Alice Gallys to qualify and then Bedhia Gun of Turkey to make it to the quarterfinals.  However, the quarterfinals would start the difficulties for Jong.  A loss to American Helen Louise Maroulis would send her to the repechage, but with hopes a bronze medal.  In repechage round 2, Jong Myong-suk lost to China’s Zhong Xuechun, eliminating her from the competition.  North Korea will have a very small schedule for the rest of the of the games.


South Korea Gains Bronze in Badminton, Taekwondo

South Korean Lee Dae-hoon Wins Bronze

Two Eagles Propel South Korean Golfer Up Rio Leaderboard

South Korean Park In-bee Leads Women’s Golf at Halfway Point

Badminton Star Hints at Retirement From National Team



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.


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.


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

Olympic Update – Day 11

Medal Count

South Korea – South Korea was medalless on Tuesday, leaving its medal count at 6 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze.  A total of 14 medals places South Korea at 11th on the medal standings.

North Korea – North Korea did not win a medal on Tuesday, its total count remaining at 7 with 2 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze.


South Korea – South Korea had yet another horid day in Rio on Tuesday.  Babminton duo Jung Kyung-eun and Shin Seung-chan lost to a Japanese duo in the semifinals.  Solo female bamintoner Sung Ji-hyun ost to Spain’s Carolina Marlin in the quaterfinals as well, continuing South Korea’s medalless competition in Rio.  South Korea’s women’s volleyball team also lost in the quaterfinals, falling in 4 sets to the Netherlands.  Wrestler Ryu Han-su started the day with a victory over Hungary’s Tamas Lorincz in the Men’s Greco-Roman 66kg 1/8 final.  However, Ryu lost against Migran Arutyunyan of Armenia in the quaterfinals.  He would defeat Egypt’s Adham Ahmed Saleh Khak to advance to the bronze medal match, where he lost to Rasul Chunayev of Azerbaijan.  Koreans are hoping for a brief respite in the coming days, as the last few have been wroght with dashed hopes and falling short after a strong start to the RIo games.

North Korea – North Korea did not compete in any of the Tuesday compitions.  Tomorrow, North Korea will compete in wrestling and women’s diving.


Struggles Continue in Wrestling, Badminton; Volleyball Team Eliminated

Badminton Singles Player Unable to Change Mood of the Slumping Team

South Korea in Danger of Missing Gold Medal Target

Greco-Roman Title Hopeful Finishes Out of Medal

Last South Korean Eliminated in Badminton Women’s Singles

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,


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.


 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

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.


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.


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


Olympic Update – Day 6

Medal Count

South Korea – South Korea won two archery medals on Thursday in individual events, bringing its total medal count to 5 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze.  South Korea currently sits at 5th place with an overall 11 medals.

North Korea – North Korea left Thursday without winning a medal, leaving its current count at 4 medals overal, 2 silver and 2 bronze.


South Korea – The South Korean athletes had a huge day in archery today, with Ki Bo-bae looking to make history.  However, she Ki Bo-bae was defeated by teammate Chang Hae-jin in the semifinals and would settle for bronze.  If she had won gold, Kim would have been the first archer to win two gold medals in back to back Olympics.  Chang Hae-jin would go on to win gold in women’s indiviudal archery.  South Korea will look to further its dominace on the archery range with two men – Ku Bo-chan and Lee Seung-yun – making it to the round of 16 in individual archery contests.  Outside of the archery drama, Korea continued its judo drought, with judoian Cho Gu-ham losing in the round of 16 in the men’s 100kg.  Fencing also saw disappointment for Korea.  The women’s epee team lost to Estonia in their first match of the day, finishing 6th place overall.  Finally, in round one of the men’s Olympic Golf Tournament, An Byeong-hun, the Europena Rookie of the year, carded a 3 under par 68 while Wang Jeung-hun carded a 1 under 70 and is tied for 17th.

North Korea – North Korea had a very dissappointing, yet not so eventful day in Rio on Thursday.  In women’s 78kg Judo, Sol Kang was defeated in her round of 16 match by France’s Audrey Tcheumeo.  In its only other event Thursday, North Korean archer Kang Un-ju was defeated by South Korean archer Chang Hae-jin in round of 8.  Tommorow North Korea’s women’s Tabel Tennis team will take on Australia, as other athletes will compete in women’s 75kg weightlifting.


South Korean Chang Hae-jin Wins Archery Gold

South Korean Men in Solid Posistions After Round 1 of Golf

Short of Making History, Archer still Pleased with Bronze

North Korean Om Yun-chol May have Falsified Age

Mother Nature Claims South Korean Victims in Women’s Archery