In particular, as swimming and fencing, which had been Korea’s favorite sports in this competition, ended, I became curious about which event would fill the empty space.
With all matches completed on the 29th, Korea had won 26 gold medals, 28 silver medals, and 48 bronze medals. He won six gold medals each in swimming and fencing, and five gold medals in Taekwondo. He also won two each in e-sports, shooting, and modern pentathlon. One each was added for gymnastics, judo, and sailing, making 26.
Based on the upward trend of strong stocks, Korea maintained second place overall, ahead of Japan, until the 28th.
However, on the 29th, Japan won a large number of gold medals, making the future medal race between the two countries more interesting. As of the 29th, Japan had 27 gold medals, 35 silver medals, and 37 bronze medals. First place is the host country, China, with 105 gold medals, 63 silver medals, and 32 bronze medals.
The driving force behind Japan’s upset of Korea’s medal rankings is largely due to cycling, which reigns as ‘Asia’s top power.’ On the 29th, Japan swept up 10 gold medals in just one cycle track event, including three gold medals in the men’s madison, women’s sprint, and women’s omnium. On the other hand, Korea won only 2 silvers and 3 bronze medals without any gold medals.
In addition, multiple gold medals were won in judo, swimming (5 gold medals), and gymnastics (2 gold medals), narrowing the gap with Korea over time, but on the 29th, the number of gold medals reversed for the first time.
In fact, Korea’s goal in this tournament is to compete with Japan as closely as possible for third place. Japan won 75 gold medals at the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games five years ago, greatly beating Korea, which had only 49 gold medals, and won 27 gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics two years ago, widening the gap with Korea, which had only six gold medals. Because it was opened.
The gold medal goal announced by the Korea Sports Council ahead of the Hangzhou Asian Games is around 50. First of all, we are continuing to reach that goal, but the reality is that Korea has many strategic events in the first week of the competition, so the key is which event, like fencing and swimming, will win the most medals in the second week until the end.
First of all, Korea is pinning its hopes on the world’s best archery and badminton, which is showing off its outstanding skills this year. In the case of archery at the Asian Games, in addition to recurve, which is an official Olympic event, compound is also an official event, so a total of 10 gold medals are at stake, and all events are considered favorites for the championship.
In badminton, where the gold medalist will be determined starting from the 1st, Korea is expecting at least 3 to 4 gold medals out of 7 events. In addition, if there are gold medals in baseball, men’s soccer, break dancing, women’s handball, shooting, and weightlifting e-sports, the number is expected to approach 50.
However, Japan is also expected to win a large number of gold medals in track and field, where the most gold medals are awarded, and in karate, where 12 gold medals are awarded, so it is somewhat advantageous in the battle for second place between the two countries. Just as in swimming management, Korea was unable to keep China in check and recorded 5 gold medals, falling behind Korea (6 gold), it is expected that Korea will be able to continue its fierce battle with Japan for second place depending on how well other countries keep Japan in check. .