South Korean fencing faces pressure from host nation
Koo Bon-gil “Korea is strong in individual events.
communication and teamwork are good. Team competition is stronger.
I’m the first born this year I’ll be a proud father.”
“GOLD STAB” National fencer Koo Bon-gil trains at the Jincheon Athletes’ Village Improvement Center in Chungcheongbuk-do, Chungcheongbuk-do, on Thursday.
“This opportunity is not given to just anyone, so I will do my best to achieve the record.”
Fencer Koo Bon-gil, 34, will attempt to break two records that will go down in Korean sports history at the Hangzhou Asian Games, 토토사이트 which kick off next month on Aug. 23. Koo has competed at the Asian Games since Guangzhou in 2010, winning three consecutive individual gold medals in the men’s sabre and two in the team event.
If Koo wins the individual and team titles in Hangzhou, he will become the South Korean athlete to win the most gold medals (seven) at a summer Asian Games. The previous record was held by archer Yang Chang-hoon (53), who won six gold medals. If he wins the individual gold, he will also become the first South Korean athlete to win four consecutive Asian Games individual titles across all sports.
Speaking to reporters at the Jincheon Athletes’ Village in Chungcheongbuk-do on Thursday, Koo said, “I think it’s the last time, and if I can overcome it with my mental strength, I think my dream will come true. It’s a lot of pressure to be the first Korean athlete, but I’m determined to make it happen.”
Koo is the first Korean athlete to win three consecutive individual titles in fencing at the Asian Games in both men’s and women’s events (sabre, epee, and foil). His top rival at the Games will be Oh Sang-wook, 27, a junior member of the national team who he faced in the final of the Jakarta-Palembang Games five years ago. “There’s a good chance I’ll meet him again in the final, but I think I’ll be more relaxed than before. I think I will do well if I put my mind down a bit more,” 스포츠토토 he said, adding, “The Japanese and Iranian players have improved a lot, so we’ll have to wait and see.”
The Korean men’s sabre team has won team gold at the last two Asian Games, as well as at the London 2012 and Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. “Korean fencing is strong in individual events, but we are stronger in team events because we have good communication and teamwork,” said Koo Bon-gil.
“Korean fencing is so good that we have a lot of insight (into our opponents). We are also working hard on video analysis and physical training so that we can top the Asian Games rankings for the fourth consecutive time.” Goo added, “I think there will be a lot of Chinese pressure because fencing is a sport that is highly influenced by judging. I am advising my juniors to make their moves more perfect through training.”
Koo, who married in October 2019, became a father in March with the birth of his son, Woo Woo-kun. He named him Woo-ju, which means “Dad conquered the world, so I want my son to be bigger than him.” “When I first went to the Asian Games, I was single, but now I have a family. I think my mindset has changed to be a proud husband and father,” he said. “Honestly, I don’t know where I put my medals now,” he laughed, adding, “When I retire, I want to collect and display my gold medals from major competitions for my son to see.” 스포츠토토맨 He vowed to harvest a gold medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games.