Lee Woo-seok (Kolon) and Lim Si-hyun (Korea Gymnastics) defeated Furukawa Takaharu and Noda Satsuki (JPN) 6-0 (38-37 37-35 39-35) in the men’s mixed archery final at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at the Fuyang Throat Sports Centre Archery Range in Hangzhou, China on Thursday.

This was Korea’s first gold medal in archery at the Games. With 10 gold medals up for grabs at the Hangzhou Asian Games, archery is expected to be a major boost to Korea’s bid for second place in the medal standings at the end of the tournament.

Lee Woo-seok also won his first Asian Games gold, following his two silver medals in the men’s team and individual events at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games.

The youngest member of the women’s national team, Lee Im-hyun, who made her debut this year, also won her first Asian Games gold medal and will be aiming to win the women’s team and individual titles.

South Korea failed to qualify for the 2018 Jakarta Games, the first time the event was introduced, with Japan, South Korea’s final opponent, winning the title.

There was one more silver medal in archery.

Joo Jae-hoon (Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power) and So Chae-won (Hyundai Mobis) lost the compound mixed team final 158-159 to India’s Oyas Pravin Deotale and Jyoti Surekha Bennam.

Notably, Joo Jae-hoon is an archery enthusiast with an “unusual career” as a petition police officer for Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power.

He took a leave of absence from his job and came to Hangzhou to compete for gold in the men’s team event and is in the bronze medal final in the individual event.

Competing in the men’s high jump at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Main Stadium, Woo Sang-hyuk (Yongin City Hall) cleared 2.33m to take silver.

Competing against Mutaz Essa Barshim (Qatar), Woo finished second behind Barshim, who cleared 2.35 metres.

Woo had previously won silver at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games with a leap of 2.28m.

In the men’s football semi-final, South Korea, led by Hwang Sun-hong, defeated Uzbekistan 2-1 to reach the final.

The Koreans, who will be looking to win their third consecutive gold medal, will face Japan in the final on 7 July.

Korea and Japan also met in the final of the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, with Korea winning 2-1 in extra time.

Jung Woo-young (Stuttgart) scored two goals in the first half to lead Korea to victory.

With the score 2-1 in favour of Korea, the victory was cemented when an Uzbek player was sent off in the 29th minute.

There was ‘bronze news’ in wrestling and soft tennis, where gold medals were expected.

In the men’s Greco-Roman 77kg, Kim Hyun-woo (Samsung Life) lost 3-9 to Amin Kabianinejad (Iran) in the round of 16, while Ryu Han-soo (Samsung Life), who was trying to win his third consecutive Asian Games title in the Greco-Roman 67kg, lost 0-9 by technical fall to Daniyal Sorabi (Iran) in the quarter-finals.

Jeong Jeong-jae (Suwon City Hall), who competed in the 60kg Greco-Roman category, defeated Islomon Bakhramov (Uzbekistan) 5-4 in the bronze medal match.

In soft tennis, Korea faced Japan in the quarter-finals of both the men’s and women’s team events, but lost 0-2 to claim bronze.

After beating South Korea to reach the final, Japan swept past Chinese Taipei in both the men’s and women’s events to win two gold medals.

North Korea won the gold medal in the women’s 54kg boxing, with Bang Chol-mi defeating Chang Yuan (China) by a 3-2 decision in the final.

Bang Chol-mi had lost a 2-3 decision to Chang Yuan in the 51kg final at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games, and had protested loudly against the decision.

Ri Chong Song also won the men’s 81kg weightlifting title with 169kg in the lift and 195kg in the snatch for a total of 364kg, giving North Korea two more gold medals on the day.

In the medal standings after four days, the country is in third place with 33 gold, 45 silver and 70 bronze medals.

In first place is China with 171 gold medals and in second place is Japan with 37 gold, 51 silver and 59 bronze.

North Korea is eighth on the medal table with nine gold medals. 안전놀이터

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