Rowing Kim Se-jeong and Mixed Swimming Team Win a Valuable Silver Medal... “Paralympic Challenge”

‘First appearance in international competition’ Jeon Soong-bo takes 6th place in men’s single sculls all-out race

The Korean rowing team won two silver medals at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Para Games.

Kim Se-jeong (Sports Grade PR1, Gwangju Sports Association for the Disabled) recorded 11 minutes 45.89 seconds in the women's rowing single scull final held at the Fuyang Water Sports Center in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China on the 28th, crossing the finish line as the second out of six athletes.

The single scull is an event in which one athlete quickly covers a distance of 2,000 meters by rowing two oars on each side.

The final was a battle between China's Wang Lili and Kim Sejeong, who won the gold medal.

Kim Se-jeong was about 3 seconds behind Wang Li-ri (2 minutes 47.52 seconds) at the 500m mark and chased diligently, but the gap with Wang Li-ri did not narrow.

Kim Se-jeong, who was 10.56 seconds behind Wang Li-ri, dyed her first medal in the Asian Para Games silver.

After the race, Kim Se-jeong said, "I only focused on my race, regardless of the medal.

It was not an easy situation due to the headwind, but I am satisfied with this result."

A silver medal was also won in the Utah Four, a 2,000m race in which four people, two men and two men, row under the direction of a cox (pilot).

Utah consists of Cox Kim Soo-hyun (Korea Disabled Rowing Federation), Kang I-seong (Sports Grade PR3, Netmarble), Kang Hyun-joo (PR3, Netmarble), Bae Ji-in (Sports Grade PR3, Netmarble), and Lee Seung-ho (Sports Grade PR3, Seoul Housing and Communities Corporation).

The Fore team won the silver medal with a time of 8 minutes 16.61 seconds.

The gap with first place China was 28.16 seconds.

Korea passed each event, including 500m, 1,000m, 1,500m, and 2,000m, in second place after China, and defeated Uzbekistan's pursuit to win a silver medal.

After the game, Kang Hyun-joo said, "I was very nervous because it was a big tournament, but I said let's go at our own pace without worrying about China," and added, "I'm glad we finished well with a silver medal.

Thanks to the manager, coaches, and trainers." I smiled brightly.

In an interview after the game, Cox Kim Soo-hyun said, "There was a headwind, and because of the wind, (the boat) kept tilting.

I had to give a little more strength to Kang I-seong and Bae Ji-in, who were in charge of the stroke side (left side of the direction of progress)." I saw.

The Utapore national team plans to go through hellish training again to secure qualification for the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games, which is their next goal.

Meanwhile, in the men's single sculls final, Jeon Soong-bo (Sports Grade PR1, Netmarble) ran a solid race from last place and crossed the finish line in 6th place with a time of 14 minutes 57.55 seconds.

There was a gap of over 4 minutes and 30 seconds from Uzbekistan's Egamberdiev Kolmurod (10 minutes, 26.63 seconds), who took first place, and the gap from Sri Lanka's Jayagodi Magachichilizi Mahesh, who ranked 5th, was about 3 minutes and 30 seconds. reached.

Jeon Soong-bo, who was competing for the first time in an international competition, rowed silently alone for a long time even after all the athletes had crossed the finish line, and the audience gave him a strong round of applause and cheers.

Jeon Soong-bo said, "It was a fight against myself.

All I could think about was going to the end.

Thanks to the cheering from the audience, I felt like I had 200% of my strength," and pledged, "I will be in the medal range in the next competition."
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