Seo Hee-ju of the Korean Wushu team poses after finishing the Wushu Turo women’s swordsmanship match held at the Xiaoshan Guari Gymnasium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China on the 27th. yunhap news
Seo Hee-ju (29, Jeonnam Wushu Association), a leading figure in Korean Wushu (martial arts), came to the end of her third Asian Games after waiting for nine years. Although he was unable to win the long-awaited medal by 0.003 points, he overcame injuries, including undergoing two surgeries, and performed a valuable performance.
Seo Hee-joo earned a total score of 19.423 points in the women’s swordsmanship and spearmanship competition in Wushu at the ‘2022 Hangzhou Asian Games’ held at the Xiaoshan Guari Gymnasium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, on the 27th. She finished in fourth place, just 0.003 points behind Vietnam’s Duong Tui Bi (19.426 points), derailing her medal.
After winning a bronze medal at the 2014 Incheon Games, Seo Hee-joo attempted to win a prize for the first time in 9 years, but failed. However, looking back on her process so far, her participation in the competition itself was meaningful.
Seo Hee-joo suffered a ruptured left knee cruciate ligament while warming up five minutes before the start of the game at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games. Seo Hee-joo, who had been in her prime for four years, shed tears because it was such a disappointing injury.
Seo Hee-joo underwent surgery twice after that. However, Seo Hee-joo did not give up, and even in the difficult situation of not having her own team, she did not give up her dream of participating in the Asian Games. In particular, as the Asian Games scheduled to be held last year were postponed for a year due to COVID-19, Seo Hee-joo overcame the process of competing for the national team twice.
However, it could not overcome the weight of time. In fact, in Korean Wushu, female athletes almost always retire in their early 20s because there are no professional teams. Seo Hee-joo nevertheless continued her career, and she achieved meaningful results by participating in three consecutive Asian Games.
Seo Hee-joo was the last to participate in the second stage event, spearing, and performed without mistakes in 13 specific events. He finished the competition in 4th place with no regrets, with 5.0 points for movement mass, 2.0 points for difficulty, and 2.710 points for acting ability. It was a beautiful exit for pioneer Seo Hee-joo, who became the first Korean female athlete to win an Asian Games medal in Tour history in Incheon in 2014.
Lee Yong-moon, a member of the Korean Wushu national team, is performing in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games Wushu Men’s Turo Nanquan and Nangon Almighty Final held at the Xiaoshan Guari Culture and Sports Center in Hangzhou, China on the 26th. yunhap news
In Korean Wushu, Lee Yong-moon (Chungnam Sports Council) of the men’s Nam Kwon and Nam Gon showed pride by winning a silver medal. In the Santa men’s sparring event, Kim Min-soo (Jeonnam Provincial Office) in the 60kg class and Jeon Seong-jin (Gyeongju City Hall) in the 65kg class also added bronze medals.
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