South Korean sprinters made history. They won their first medal in the men’s 400m relay at the Asian Games in 37 years.
The Korean relay team of Lee Jung-tae (Anyang City Hall), Kim Kook-young (Gwangju City Hall), Lee Jae-sung (Korea Gymnastics University) and Ko Seung-hwan (Gwangju City Hall) crossed the finish line in 38.74 seconds to win the bronze medal in the men’s 400m relay final at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Main Stadium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China on Wednesday.
They trailed China (38.29) and Japan (38.44), but beat Thailand (38.81), who caught them in the final lap, by 0.07 seconds.
The South Korean relay team’s time equaled the Korean record set by Oh Kyung-soo, Cho Kyu-won, Kim Kook-young, and Yeo Hosua in 2014. 안전토토사이트
Kim Kook-young, who was part of both Korean records in nine years, is also the current Korean record holder in the men’s 100 meters (10.07).
Korea hasn’t won a medal in this event since 1986, when the team of Sung Nak-gyun, Jang Jae-geun, Kim Jong-il and Shim Deok-sub won bronze in the men’s 400 meters at the Seoul Asian Games. It had been 37 years.
After winning his first medal in his fourth Asian Games appearance, Kim Kook-young told Yonhap News Agency after the race, “Four of Korea’s best sprinters came together, leaving behind everything, such as academics and delays, and the result was a medal after 37 years.”
“I can’t compete in any more Asian Games, but I believe that our juniors will definitely win the Asian Games in Aichi and Nagoya in Japan in three years,” he said.