The Rise of the ‘Empresses’: Korean Athletes Shine in Table Tennis and Badminton at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games

The new ‘empresses’ of the two sports held a spectacular coronation ceremony.

The Taegeuk Warriors participating in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games delivered golden news to their home country every day, even during the Chuseok holiday. With the competition already reaching its halfway point, Korea has secured 30 gold medals and is firmly maintaining its original goal of 3rd place overall.

If swimming led the Korean team’s performance in the early stages of the opening, it was the racket event that added strength in the middle. A total of 10 medals were awarded in table tennis and badminton as of the 3rd, with table tennis winning one gold medal, two silver medals, and five bronze medals. Badminton won one gold medal and one bronze medal. While table tennis completed its entire competition schedule on the 2nd, badminton’s individual competitions will continue until the 7th, so more medal news can be shared.

The stars who performed the best in these two sports are by far the ‘empresses’ who are at the forefront of generational change. In table tennis, it is Shin Yu-bin (19, Korean Air), and in badminton, it is Ahn Se-young (21, Samsung Life Insurance).

Shin Yu-bin, along with Jeon Ji-hee (32, Mirae Asset), defeated North Korea’s Cha Soo-young and Park Soo-kyung with a game score of 4-1 (11-6 11-4 10-12 12-10) in the women’s doubles final of the tournament held at the Gungsu Canal Sports Park Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China on the 2nd. 11-3) and won the gold medal. There were a total of 7 gold medals in table tennis at this tournament. China, the world’s strongest team, swept as many as six gold medals, but missed out on the gold medal in women’s doubles, so the sweep was aborted. Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee are the first Korean players to win gold medals at the Asian Games in 21 years since Lee Cheol-seung and Yoo Seung-min in men’s doubles and Seok Eun-mi and Lee Eun-sil in women’s doubles at the 2002 Busan Games.

Shin Yu-bin said, “We have a gold medal in our house too (laughter). I couldn’t play in the Asian Games due to an injury, but luckily it was postponed for a year and I was able to participate. “I got good results, so I think it will be an Asian Games I will never forget,” she said with a smile. Shin Yu-bin also won bronze medals in the women’s team event, singles, and mixed doubles, giving her a total of four medals in this competition alone.

Seyoung Ahn. Sports Donga DB

If there was Shin Yu-bin in table tennis, there was Ahn Se-young, the world number one in women’s singles, who led the team to victory in the women’s team event in badminton. The women’s badminton team defeated China 3-0 in the women’s team final held at Binjiang Stadium in Hangzhou on the 1st. After crossing the Great Wall of China, gold was discovered in the team event 29 years after the 1994 Hiroshima Games.

Ahn Se-young participated in the singles match in the first match of the finals and succeeded in taking the lead. She easily defeated world number 3 Chen Yufei with a game score of 2-0 (21-12 21-13). The national team, which won the second match in doubles (Lee So-hee and Baek Hana) and the third match in singles (Kim Ga-eun) with a game score of 2-0, kissed the gold medal by showing off its overwhelming performance.

The Hangzhou Asian Games organizing committee said of the final result of the badminton women’s team event, “Korea shocked China.” The landslide victory of our women’s badminton team was a huge shock to China.

Ahn Se-young also advanced to the round of 16 in the individual match (women’s singles round of 32) that started on the 3rd, beating Puichiwa (Macau) with a game score of 2-0 (21-9 21-5). Ahn Se-young’s unstoppable run toward her second crown has begun.

Hangzhou (China) | Reporter Jang Eun-sang [email protected] See more of this reporter’s articles

2023-10-03 17:37:30
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