Korean table tennis boarded a flight to Hangzhou and went on a medal hunt with both expectations and concerns!

The national table tennis team left the country on the 19th to participate in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games.

Korean table tennis, under the leadership of men’s national team coach Joo Se-hyuk (43) and women’s national team coach Oh Kwang-heon (52), won one bronze medal (men’s team event) at the World Championships in Chengdu, China last year and two silver medals (men’s doubles, men’s doubles) at the World Championships in Durban, South Africa in May this year. Women’s doubles) and 1 bronze medal (men’s doubles), and 1 silver medal (women’s team event) and 5 bronze medals (2 men’s doubles, women’s doubles, mixed doubles, men’s team event) at the Pyeongchang Asian Championships in September. Coach Joo and Coach Oh boarded a plane to China, promising to hunt for medals in Hangzhou as well.

Expectations and concerns for the national team coexist. In the team event and doubles, Jang Woo-jin (28, independent, 13th place) and Lim Jong-hoon (26, Korea Exchange, 17th place) in the men’s division, and Shin Yu-bin (19, Korean Air, 8th place) and Jeon Ji-hee (31, Mirae Asset Securities, 33rd place) in the women’s division consistently Although he had a medal around his neck, he performed poorly in singles. In particular, at the PyeongChang Games, a prelude to the Hangzhou Asian Games, all 10 men and women in the men’s and women’s divisions failed to advance past the round of 16 in singles. There are concerns in the table tennis world that “Dae Jin-woon still has to follow suit.” Coach Joo and Coach Oh were also worried at the time of the PyeongChang Games, saying, “Our players are strong in the semifinals in doubles, but the priority is to reach the round of 16 to quarterfinals in singles.”

The world table tennis world is still dominated by China. At the Durban and Pyeongchang Games, China swept gold medals in five and seven events, respectively. Pan Jiandong, Wang Chuqin, and Ma Long in the men’s division, and Sun Yingxia, Chen Meng, and Wang Manyu in the women’s division, are all ranked 1st to 3rd in the singles world rankings. In addition, the competitiveness of other countries has also increased. In particular, the level in the Middle East has risen sharply over the past 10 years. Japan also has a number of difficult opponents, including the siblings Tomokazu Harimoto (4th) and Miwa (17th), as well as Hina Hayata (9th) and Miu Hirano (16th) in the women’s division.

In the end, Korean table tennis must place its hopes on doubles and team competitions. The shoulders of men’s doubles Jang Woo-jin and Lim Jong-hoon (1st place), women’s doubles Shin Yu-bin and Jeon Ji-hee (1st place), and mixed doubles Jang Woo-jin and Jeon Ji-hee (9th place) and Lim Jong-hoon and Shin Yu-bin (3rd place), who have proven their competitiveness on the world stage, have a heavy burden on their shoulders.메이저사이트

Coach Joo said through the Korea Table Tennis Association on this day, “We are winning silver medals in the men’s team competition for the seventh time in a row at the Asian Games. “We have been working hard to aim for a higher level,” he said. Coach Oh also said, “Although it is a tournament held in China, there will be a lot of pressure on the Chinese players,” and “I hope to meet the expectations that were not met in Pyeongchang in Hangzhou. “Please show your support for the players,” he said emphatically.

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