The North Korean team, which appeared at an international competition for the first time in four years through the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, rarely showed a smile.
He was consistently cold to Korea, refusing to take commemorative photos during shooting and ignoring greetings and handshakes during judo.
However, it looked different in the weightlifting stadium. While answering questions from Korean reporters sincerely, he also encouraged Korean players.
Weightlifting star Kim Soo-hyun (28, Busan City Sports Council) won a bronze medal with a total weight of 243 kg by successfully lifting 105 kg and clean and jerk 138 kg in the women’s weightlifting 76 kg competition held at the Xiaoshan Sports Center in Hangzhou, China on the 5th.
What attracted as much attention as the news of her valuable medal was the story behind it with the North Korean coach. 카지노사이트랭크
Kim Soo-hyun’s prospects of winning were not bright, as he was not ranked in the snatch competition that day.
However, Liao Gufang (China), who took first place in the snatch, withdrew due to injury and was given a chance to win a medal.
At that moment, a North Korean coach approached and encouraged him. Kim Soo-hyun explained the situation at the time, saying, “The Chinese athlete suddenly withdrew and was preparing for the clean and jerk, when a North Korean teacher came and said, ‘Soo-hyun, now is your chance.’”
Encouraged by his North Korean coach, Kim Soo-hyun lifted 138kg in his clean and jerk and was able to win his first Asian Games medal after three moves.
North Korea’s Song Kuk-hyang and Jeong Chun-hee also won gold and silver medals, respectively.
Kim Soo-hyun said, “Even before the fight, he secretly came to me and said, ‘I think you’ll do well, so stay focused.’
Having two teachers from South Korea and North Korea talk about it made me mentally armed and gave me strength. So it led to good results.”
An interesting scene was also created at the medalist press conference. Song Guo-hyang said, “Today’s goal was to record a world record, but it was really disappointing. The Chinese athlete (Liao Guifang) was unable to participate today, and I am worried that the injury may be serious.”
Jung Chun-hee also said, “Today is the Chinese player’s birthday, so I would like to congratulate him.
I want him to get better quickly and compete with his skills,” she said.
It could have been interpreted to mean that Kim Soo-hyun was not pleased with the bronze medal.
However, the awkward atmosphere was relieved when Kim Soo-hyun opened his mouth.
Kim Soo-hyun said, “I participated in my third Asian Games and finally won a medal. “I was in such a good mood that I didn’t even know the Chinese player was injured
Happy birthday to the Chinese player,” he said.
Then the North Korean players suddenly lowered their heads and laughed.
He didn’t seem to want to be caught smiling, but his shoulders were shaking.
Kim Soo-hyun then said, “I like Rim Jeong-sim. It’s an honor to play with two players who are better than Jeongsim,” he said, adding, “I want to set a bigger goal and be as good as these guys and go up to the next level,” and he looked surprised when I praised him.