(SAOXING (China)=News1) Jang Won Seo = Outside hitter Jeon Kwang-in (Hyundai Capital) revealed his emotions as South Korea’s men’s volleyball team, seeking its first Asian Games gold medal in 17 years, suffered a shock round-of-12 exit.
South Korea, led by Lim Do-heon, lost to Pakistan 0-3 (19-25 22-25 21-25) in straight sets in their men’s volleyball quarterfinal match at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at the China Textile City Sports Center Gymnasium in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province, China on Wednesday.
After suffering a 2-3 shock loss to India in their first match of the group stage, South Korea came close to reaching the quarterfinals with a 3-0 win over Cambodia in the second match, but were unable to get past Pakistan.
It’s been 61 years since the men’s volleyball team finished with a medal at an Asian Games since 1962 in Jakarta (fifth place).
After 14 consecutive podium finishes from 1966 in Bangkok to 2018 in Jakarta-Palembang, she didn’t even make it to the medal round this time. 카지노사이트원
Speaking to the media after the competition, Jeon was disappointed.
“I was a little more eager because I thought it was my last Asian Games, but I felt a lot of obvious skill difference,” he said.
“Our opponents are much more advanced than before, and we didn’t show that. In fact, I don’t even know what went wrong anymore,” she sighed, adding, “The biggest problem is that we didn’t improve (our skills).“
A large part of the team’s failure at the tournament was the lack of a smooth transition between generations. The team was forced to use veterans such as Han (Korean Air) due to the slow growth of younger players, which was not a solution.
“I’m grateful that they called me up for a tournament like this, but I also felt like I didn’t have any players yet,” said Jeon. “It’s hard to do right away, but it’s important to build a national team with young players from the beginning and lead them steadily.”
After being eliminated in the round of 12, South Korea was pushed into the 7th-12th place decider before the opening ceremony of the Hangzhou Asian Games.