Three cycling titles, two boccia golds. Team Korea’s last gasp

A triple Asian Games gold medalist in visually impaired cycling, a sport in which able-bodied and disabled athletes compete in pairs. The pair joined forces just five months ago and have since won three gold medals.

Kim Jung-bin (Sport Class MB) and Yoon Jung-heon (Jeonbuk Para Cycling Federation) won the 69-kilometer individual road race for the visually impaired (MB) at the Hangzhou 2022 Para Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, on Sunday with a time of 1 hour, 35 minutes and 27 seconds. It was his third gold medal after winning the 4000-meter individual pursuit on Nov. 23 and the 18.5-kilometer road solo on Nov. 26. They became the first South Korean Para-cyclists to win three gold medals at the Para-Asian Games.

They ride two-person bicycles called tandem cycles. Yoon Joong-heon, who is able-bodied, is his partner and pedals in front of him, while Kim Jung-bin, who is blind, pedals behind him. Both are official athletes and receive the same medal.

“Today was my last day, so I gave it my all,” says Kim, “and I cried when I crossed the finish line to see that I had won first place.” “I was overwhelmed during the first ceremony, but when I heard the national anthem for the third time, I remembered all the hardships,” said Yoon. “I am truly grateful for choosing me as a pilot and creating an unforgettable experience.”

Soft-spoken and quiet, they are 31 years old with birthdays two weeks apart. Yoon is a firefighter (Namyangju Fire Department) by profession. He trains on his off-duty days and takes time off to attend international competitions. 메이저사이트

The world’s top-ranked Korean boccia team touched two gold medals on the final day of the tournament. Chung Ho-won (Gangwon Province Disabled Sports Federation) and Kang Sun-hee (Gwangju Disabled Boccia Federation) easily defeated Hong Kong 7-2 in the mixed pair BC3 final. The team of Kim Do-hyun (Chungnam Disabled Boccia Federation), Jeong So-young (Chungnam Disabled Boccia Federation) and Seo Min-gyu (Gyeonggi-do Boccia Federation) also won gold in the team event with an 8-4 victory over Indonesia. Korea proved to be a dominant force, winning two golds, four silvers, and one bronze.

In badminton, Yoo Soo-soo (Sport Class WH2 – Korea Disability Employment Service) won the silver medal after being upset by World No. 1 Kajiwara Daiki (JPN). Yoo (World No. 5) lost 0-2 (15-21 9-21) in the men’s singles final. Yoo had to accept a 12-game losing streak against his opponent. Yoo won bronze medals in the men’s doubles with Lee Sam-seop (Sport Class WH2-Ulsan Jung-gu Office) and mixed doubles with Kwon Hyun-ah (Sport Class WH1-Korea Disability Employment Corporation). The men’s doubles team of Kim Jung-jun (WH2-Daegu Urban Development Corporation) and Choi Jung-man (WH1-Daegu Urban Development Corporation) won a silver medal.

The men’s wheelchair basketball team faced Japan in the final, a team they beat in the preliminary round, and came from behind to lose 45-47. In the bronze medal match, the men’s sitting volleyball team lost to China in straight sets 0-3 (11-25 9-25 13-25).






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