South Korea claimed bronze on the first day of athletics at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games. South Korea’s first medal in athletics came from Kim Tae-hee (Gonggo, Lee) in the women’s hammer throw.
Kim finished third in the women’s hammer throw with a mark of 64.14m behind Wang Zheng (71.53m) and Zhao Jie (69.44m) on Monday at the Hangzhou Sports Park Stadium in Hangzhou, China.
Kim also broke her personal best of 61 meters (24 feet) set at the National Championships in July.
Kim Tae-hee’s bronze medal is the first medal for South Korean athletics at the Games. South Korea won one gold, one silver and four bronze medals in athletics at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang.
Kim Tae-hee didn’t come close to a medal until the fourth round, when her best was 59.93 meters. However, she quickly moved up to third place with a throw of 64m14 in the fifth round.
Chinese Taipei’s Yu Chang-chin tried in the sixth period but could only manage 63m21, leaving Kim with the bronze medal.
Her compatriot Park Seo-jin (Mokpo City Hall) could only manage 55m54 to finish 11th out of 11.
Choi Byung-kwang (Samsung Electronics) competed in the men’s 20-kilometer race, the first athletics event of the Games, crossing the finish line in 1 hour, 29 minutes, 18 seconds to finish sixth out of 11.
Choi, who has a personal best of 1:20:29, was disappointed to finish more than eight minutes behind.
Choi was disqualified in his first appearance at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and finished seventh at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games. He was aiming for a medal this time, but was unable to achieve it.
Zhang Zun (CHN) won the title in 1:23:00, while Wang Zhaojiao (CHN) took the silver in 1:24:08.
In the women’s shot put, Lee 토토 Soo-jeong (Seogwipo City Hall) and Jeong Jung-sun (Ansan City Hall) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, with marks of 16m21 and 16m00.
China’s Gong Lijiao took the top spot with 19m58, followed by Song Jiayuan (CHN) with 18m92.
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