Aiming for 3 or more gold medals… Japan , the winning candidates Baul Ahn, Jun-hwan Lee, and Min-jong Kim, sends second team to prepare for Paris Olympics… brighter outlook
The first time judo was held as an official event at the Asian Games was at the 1986 Seoul Games.
It was incorporated as an official Olympic sport at the 1964 Tokyo Games, so the Asian Games were 22 years late.
Korean Judo has played a fruitful role by winning many gold medals since the Seoul Asian Games.
The Korea swept six of the eight gold medals in judo at the Seoul Games.
At that time, the host nation, Japan, won only two gold medals.
You can guess how great the momentum of Korean judo was. 온라인카지노
Since then, Korean Judo has won many medals at each Asian Games.
He brought five gold medals at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and four gold medals at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games.
In particular, at the Jakarta-Palembang competition, 12 of the 14 athletes who participated in the individual competition succeeded in winning medals, creating a valuable result.
Korea plans to continue its reputation as a judo powerhouse at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games.
There are a total of 15 gold medals in the judo event at this competition (7 in the men’s individual event, 7 in the women’s individual event, and 1 in the mixed team event).
Korea aims for three or more gold medals.
A strong gold medal candidate is An Baul (Namyangju City Hall) in the men’s 66kg class,
a bronze medalist at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and winner of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang.
Ahn Baul, the national team’s ace, has lived up to expectations in the many international competitions he has participated in.
He has a variety of skills, including his specialty, piggybacking, and his physical strength is also world-class.
However, An Baul has recently injured the muscle behind his left thigh (hamstring) and is unable to train normally.
Paul Ahn plans to increase his training volume ahead of the opening of the competition to regain his sense of real-life competition.
Lee Jun-hwan (Yongin University), a rising star in the men’s 81kg class, is also a gold medal candidate.
Lee Jun-hwan is achieving solid results in every international competition he participates in,
including winning a bronze medal at the World Championships held last May.
Also, we cannot leave out Lee Ha-rim (Korea Racing Association), who is ranked No. 1 in the world in the men’s 60kg class,
Kim Min-jong (Yangpyeong County Office) in the men’s 100kg and over class.
Ha-yoon Kim (Ansan City Hall) in the women’s 78kg or higher class is considered a dark horse.
They are also aiming to win the mixed team event, which unfortunately failed to win a gold medal five years ago due to controversy over the decision.
The medal prospects for the Korean judo team are bright.
Japan, considered the biggest opponent, has decided to send second-tier players, so the burden is less.
Japan is reducing the participation of its first-team players in international competitions in preparation for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
It is a strategy to keep it hidden to prevent analysis of technology and power.
Among the Japanese national team players, one that stands out is Aaron Wolf, a mixed-race athlete who won the men’s 100kg class at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Japan’s Ryuju Nagayama, with whom Lee Ha-rim will compete for a medal,
Ryoma Tanaka, with whom Paul Ahn will compete, and Yuhei Oino, with whom Lee Jun-hwan will compete, are all considered worthy opponents.
1st International Competition
This competition is more meaningful in that it is the first international competition for the Korean judo team after a generational change.
In Korea, Kim Seong-min, the leader in the men’s 100kg and over class,
Jo Gu-ham in the men’s 100kg class, and Ahn Chang-rim in the men’s 73kg class who competed in the Jakarta and Palembang competitions all retired.
After the Tokyo Olympics, the national team leaders were also replaced.
The men’s national team is led by coach Hwang Hee-tae, the women’s national team is led by coach Kim Mi-jeong.
There are also players who will make their debut in international competitions wearing the Taegeuk symbol through this competition.
A member of the team event is Heo Mimi (Gyeongbuk Sports Council) in the women’s 57kg class.
After Mimi Heo, a Korean from Japan, renounced her Japanese nationality in 2021, she joined the Korean national team and achieved great results in each competition she participated in.
Mimi Heo is considered a strong medal candidate for the 2024 Paris Olympics, but she does not compete in individual events.
Attention is focused on this tournament as the North Korean national team is scheduled to make an appearance for the first time in a long time.
7 Athletes North Korea
North Korea registered a total of seven athletes, including Kim Chol-gwang in the men’s 73kg class.
Kim Cheol-gwang is a player who participated in the mixed team event as a single team with Korean players at the 2018 World Championships.
However, the skills of North Korean players are evaluated as inferior to that of South Korea.
It is unlikely to have a significant impact on the Korean judo team’s medal prospects.
An official from the national team said, “It is judged that none of the North Korean players came close to medallion status.”