“In China, my level was dropping, and I wasn’t able to move up. Korea gave me a second chance at table tennis, and I was able to start a new life 레고토토.”
Chinese naturalized athlete Jeon Jeon-hee (30, Mirae Asset Securities) teamed up with Shin Yubin (Korean Air) to win the gold medal in the women’s table tennis doubles final at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games on Sunday, defeating North Korea’s Cha Sooyoung and Park Su-kyong 4-1. It was South Korea’s first gold medal at the Asian Games in 21 years.
Jeon Jeon-hee played in China before moving to South Korea in 2008 and becoming a naturalized citizen in 2011. She has been the “ace” of Korean women’s table tennis for more than a decade, but has been struggling with a nagging knee injury since last year. “I wasn’t feeling well from last year, and there were a lot of circumstances. I had a bad start to the year. I even felt sorry for (Shin) Yubin when I had to return from the Thailand tournament.”
Shin and Yubin shared the women’s doubles silver medal at the 2023 World Championships in Durban, and now they’ve won gold. “From the World Championships, I was like, ‘Let’s do it again,’ and it went really well. “We had a difficult draw for this tournament, but we overcame players from Thailand and North Korea to get here,” she said.