Korean badminton, which outstripped AG, “Golden House” after the World Cup
Input 29.08.2023 (10:28)
The Korean badminton team, which achieved the best ever record at the World Individual Championships ahead of the Asian Games in Hangzhou, made a “golden homecoming”.
The badminton team led by coach Kim Hak-kyun returned to Incheon International Airport on the 29th after completing the schedule for the 2023 Individual World Championships to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark.
At the World Championships, which will last until the 27th, Korean badminton showed the best result ever.
Ahn Se Young (Samsung Life Insurance) won the gold medals in women’s singles, Seo Seung Jae and Kang Min Hyuk (above Samsung Life Insurance) in men’s doubles, Seo Seung Jae and Chae Yoo Jung (Incheon International Airport) won. gold medals in the mixed doubles, and Kim So-yeon (Incheon International Airport) – Gong Hee-yong (Jeonbuk Bank) won the bronze medal.
In particular, it is “the first time in history” that a Korean player has taken the lead in singles at the World Championship, which started in 1977 and has a 46-year history.
Ahn Se Young, who has won 7 championships this year alone and placed 2nd in various international competitions 3 times, is ranked number one.
Seo Seung-jae helped win both men’s doubles and mixed doubles, becoming the third Korean player after Park Choo-bong (Men’s Doubles/Mixed Doubles 1985, Men’s Doubles/Mixed Doubles 1991) and Kim Dong Moon (Men’s doubles/mixed doubles 1999) He held the record for winning multiple gold medals in a single competition.
Kim So Yeon and Gong Hee Young have stood on the podium for three consecutive years after finishing third in 2021 and second last year.
It is the first time Korea has won three tournaments at this five-event event, and winning four events is the highest ever.
With the Asian Games in Hangzhou approaching a month later, the magnificent achievements made at the World Championships have the significance of predicting a resurgence as a sister sport in the Asian Games.
Korean badminton prepared for this Hangzhou competition with great pride after experiencing the ignominy of the Asian Games without medals for 40 years during the Jakarta and Palembang competitions in 2018.
Expectations to break the record for most gold medals (four) at the Asian Games, set at the 1994 Hiroshima and Busan 2002 Games, and a five-year-old rematch are also rising.
Due to the nature of the competition, in which Asian countries are strong, including Korea, China and Japan, the results of these Asian Games are also important in preparation for next year’s Paris Olympics.
As soon as their morale improves, the national team players plan to return to the Jincheon National Sports Village to continue their hardening and complete their preparations for the Asian Games with the Chinese Open early next month.
(Photo Source: Yonhap News)
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