Korea Aims for E-Sports Gold at 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games

National baseball team Dong-ju Moon (left) and Bin Kwak are talking during training at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on the 26th. yunhap news

Even during the Chuseok golden holiday, the sports festival to determine the best in Asia continues. In Hangzhou, China, players reap the fruits of their sweat in the baseball fields, swimming pools, courts, pistes, benches, and Summoner’s Canyon. The protagonist on the first morning of the holiday is the League of Legends (LoL) team. The national team, led by captain ‘Faker’ Lee Sang-hyeok (T1), will play the e-sports semifinals of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games against China at 10 am on the 28th. Korea, which lost to China in the finals (an exhibition event at the time) of the Jakarta-Palembang Games five years ago and ended up with a silver medal, has pledged revenge along with veteran Lee Sang-hyeok. If they overcome China, the ‘de facto final’, they can get closer to the throne on the 29th. Next, the fencing saber ‘F4’, which won back-to-back gold medals at the 2018 Games and the Tokyo Olympics, will also be on the piste. Oh Sang-wook (Daejeon City Hall) and Koo Bon-gil, who previously shared gold and silver in the individual event, will join Kim Jeong-hwan (Korea Sports Promotion Foundation) and Kim Jun-ho (Hwaseong City Hall) in the men’s team event. If she wins the team gold medal, Koo Bon-gil will join the ranks of Korea’s all-time Asian Games gold medalists (6), including Tae-hwan Park (swimming), Hyun-hee Nam (fencing), Jeong-gyun Seo (horseback riding), Chang-hoon Yang (archery), and Seo-yeon Ryu (bowling).

E-Sports League of Legends (LoL) team captain Lee Sang-hyeok of ‘Faker’ is posing with reporters after confirming his advancement to the quarterfinals of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games held at the Hangzhou Esports Center in Zhejiang Province, China on the 25th. Hangzhou/Yonhap News

Sang-wook Oh (right) and Bon-gil Koo are greeting each other after finishing the final of the men’s saber individual fencing event at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games held at the Hangzhou University of Electronics gymnasium in China on the 25th. Hangzhou/Yonhap News

Kim Woo-min is starting in the men’s freestyle 1500m swimming final at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games held at the swimming pool at the Olympic Sports Center in Hangzhou, China on the 26th. Hangzhou/Yonhap News

In the swimming pool, ‘Park Tae-hwan Kids’ Kim Woo-min (Gangwon Provincial Office), who started the Korean swimming renaissance, cuts through the golden water in the 800m freestyle on the 28th and the 400m on the 29th. Shin Jin-seo of the Baduk national team, which is aiming to sweep the Asian Games (3 gold medals) for the first time in 13 years, will play the men’s individual semifinals and finals on the 28th. Women’s basketball Jeong Seon-min-ho will play against North Korea on the 29th, and men’s basketball Chu Il-seung-ho will play against Japan in the preliminary round on the 30th. Korean basketball dreams of winning both men’s and women’s championships for the first time in nine years since the 2014 Incheon Games. Coach Ryu Joong-il’s baseball team, which has won its fourth consecutive Asian Games title, will leave for Korea on the 28th and begin the group stage on the 1st of next month. Regarding the game against Taiwan on the 2nd, Coach Ryu said, “I am most worried about who will start the game against Taiwan.” Candidates for selection include Dong-ju Moon (Hanwha) and Bin Kwak (Doosan). The golf men’s and women’s individual and team medal matches are also scheduled on the morning of the 1st. Expectations may be placed on Lim Seong-jae (world ranking 27th) and Kim Si-woo (40th) in the men’s division. The last gold medal was at the 2014 Incheon Games.

Ahn Se-young is returning to Korea through Incheon International Airport after winning the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Super 1000 China Open on the 11th. yunhap news

Jeong Seon-min (center), head coach of the women’s basketball team. yunhap news

Park Jeong-ah of the women’s volleyball team. yunhap news

The badminton team, led by the world’s strongest player, Ahn Se-young (Samsung Life Insurance), will also begin its journey with the team competition on the 28th. Korean badminton, which only won a ‘no medal’ in 2018, has a solid team, including Ahn Se-young, ranked 2nd (Baek Ha-na and Lee So-hee) and 3rd (Kim So-young and Kong Hee-yong) in the world in women’s doubles, and aims to win prizes in all events. The women’s volleyball team, which has been performing poorly recently, will enter the group stage starting on the 30th. Attention is being paid to whether the shock of men’s volleyball (final 7th place), which was eliminated before the tournament even began, can be erased. Athletics, with 48 gold medals at stake, begins on the 29th, and Korea’s ‘medal field’ archery event begins on the 1st. Reporter Park Kang-soo [email protected]
2023-09-28 07:50:32
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