Table tennis Lim Jong-hoon and Shin Yu-bin's close match with Japan for 'Paris 2nd seed'

'Strategic event' mixed boxing must maintain 2nd place in ranking to avoid China A fierce battle for rankings with the 3rd place Japanese group. Contender Zagreb finish line loss on the 9th

Jong-Hoon Lim and Yu-Bin Shin

Lim Jong-hoon (Korea Exchange) and Shin Yu-bin (Korean Air) are competing fiercely with Japanese players as the 'second seed' for their first Olympic medal in 12 years.

In Olympic table tennis, there are five gold medals at stake across men's and women's individual singles, men's and women's team events, and mixed doubles.

Among them, mixed doubles is considered to be a sport in which non-Chinese players have a relatively greater chance of winning a gold medal than other events.

At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where this sport was first introduced to the Olympics, Japan's Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito defeated China's Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen to win the gold medal.

Korean table tennis considers mixed doubles as a ‘strategic event.’

The team of Lim Jong-hoon and Shin Yu-bin have been working together for a long time, targeting the 2024 Paris Olympics, which are about a month away.

They have maintained second place in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) mixed doubles world rankings, following China's Wang Chuqin and Sun Yingsha.

With the Olympic match draw taking place based on the ITTF rankings, the team of Lim Jong-hoon and Shin Yu-bin must maintain second place if they want to avoid China in the finals in Paris.

However, its position has recently been shaken. The Japanese pair of Tomokazu Harimoto and Hina Hayata are on the verge of rising to second place.

The pair of Lim Jong-hoon and Shin Yu-bin were eliminated in the round of 16 after being eliminated by the Swedish group at the World Table Tennis (WTT) Saudi Smash held early last month.

On the other hand, the Harimoto-Hayata team reached the semifinals of this competition.

The Harimoto-Hayata pair, who earned 700 ranking points, surpassed the Lim Jong-hoon-Shin Yu-bin pair, who only earned 10 points, and rose to second place in the world rankings announced in mid-May.

Fortunately, the 1,400 ranking points earned by the Harimoto-Hayata team as runners-up at the Durban World Championships last year were excluded from the rankings at the end of May, and the team of Lim Jong-hoon and Shin Yu-bin regained second place.

The teams Lim Jong-hoon and Shin Yu-bin and Harimoto and Hayata are continuing their fierce battle for rankings.

In the Contender Rio finals that ended on the 26th of last month, the team of Jong-Hoon Lim and Yu-Bin Shin won a complete victory over the group of Harimoto and Hayata 3-0 (11-3 11-6 11-6).

However, in the Contender Zagreb finals held in Zagreb, Croatia on the 9th Korean time, the team of Jong-Hoon Lim and Yu-Bin Shin lost 2-3 (9-11 11-2 8-11 11-3 6-11) to the group Harimoto and Hayata, finishing in second place.

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