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The Korean national badminton team will take its first step toward the "all events medal" at the Hangzhou Asian Games. The goal is to erase the nightmare of "no medal" for the first time in 40 years at the Jakarta-Palembang Games five years ago. Badminton legends advised that you should take a good flow from the beginning without letting your guard down in a comprehensive tournament with many variables.
South Korea will start hunting for medals starting with the men's and women's team events at the Hangzhou Binjiang Gymnasium in China on the 28th. From the 2nd of next month, individual matches such as men's and women's singles and doubles and mixed doubles will be held until the 7th.
National team coach Kim Hak-kyun promised to restore the pride of Korean badminton. "All of the national team, including the coaching staff, is on a hellish schedule," he said. "If we catch the results of the team event, the individual medal will naturally follow."
Legends also mentioned the team event first. Lee Yong-dae Yonex Playing Coach, who was in charge of broadcasting commentary during the tournament, told the Kookmin Ilbo on the 27th, "If you take early momentum, you will play well in other sports with confidence." Professor Kim Dong-moon of Wonkwang University, gold medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics, said, "It is the first Asian Games since the no-medal issue, and if we reduce the burden by performing in the team event, we will get good results."
The atmosphere has been good lately. At the World Championship last month, women's singles Ahn Se-young, Seo Seung-jae and Chae Yoo-jung, and Seo Seung-jae and Kang Min-hyuk won the mixed and men's doubles. The women's doubles, Kim So-young and Gong Hee-yong, also added a bronze medal to Korea's record. This is what we can expect to see rise in Hangzhou.
However, legends have a common opinion that the Asian Games, which are held every four years, will also do their best. Professor Kim said, "We should be more careful of ambush than top rankers. No opponent should relax," he stressed. Lee Yong-dae said, "Young players in the national team must overcome the pressure and put the burden on them."
Korean badminton, which once suffered a slump in the process of generational change, has begun to see growth. Some predicted that the "Ahn Se-young effect" would play a part in the competition's performance. Lee Yong-dae said, "Korean badminton is an event where stars such as Ahn Se-young continue to appear. Other players seem to be trying to catch up," he said. Professor Kim said, "After Lee Yong-dae, a new star came out. It would have motivated other athletes, he said. "All events have grown one step from medal championships to championships."
The performance of "Badminton Queen" Ahn Se-young is also of great interest. Lee Yong-dae said, "The know-how of using coats and the mental health of the world's No. 1 player have improved tremendously. "The process of focusing on defense, which is a strength, and converting to attack is perfect," he said. "I think I have gained confidence as I make up for my weak attack with other strokes such as hairpins and accurate underhand."
The women's team event is also followed by great luck. According to the match table announced on the day, the women's national team passed the round of 16 by default as the second seed. It is expected to be placed on the other side of the match table to avoid China No. 1 seed and Japan No. 3 seed, which are the candidates for the medal, and take a relatively smooth path to the finals. However, the men's national team will meet opponents with good records such as Malaysia 5th seed and Indonesia 1st seed in the quarterfinals in the round of 16.
Wednesday, September 27, 2023