Korea Faces Setback on Day 11 at Summer Olympics

      August 25, 2004 14:08


      In Athens, the 11th day of the Summer Games proved to be a tough day for the South Korean Olympic squad.

      It was a rather disappointing day for the South Korean Olympic team on Day 11.
      Starting with wrestling, Korean medal hopeful Kim In-sub failed to move up to the semifinals in the men's Greco-Roman 66kg competition.

      Although Kim started with a one-point lead in the qualifying match against Jimmy Samuelsson of Sweden, the 2002 world wrestling champion Samuelsson eventually beat the 2000 Sydney Olympic silver medallist Kim by 3-1.

      Korea’s Im Dae-won (botton) wrestles with Nurbakyt Tengizbayev of Kazakhstan during their Greco-Roman -55kg class preliminary bout Tuesday at the Athens Olympics./Yonhap


      Hopes were dashed for another Korean wrestler, Im Dae-won, in making it to the semifinals.

      Im was defeated by Russia’s Gueidar Mamedaliev, losing the men's Greco-Roman 55kg qualifying tournament.

      In Boxing, two Korean contenders, Hong Moo-won and Baik Jong-sub faced dead ends on their way to the semifinals.

      Hong in the light flyweight 48kg quarterfinal match lost to his Cuban rival by a large margin of 30-to-11, while Baik also experienced a sore defeat by his British opponent in the lightweight 60kg quarterfinals.

      The Korean women's volleyball team couldn't realize its dream of advancing to the semifinals and possibly earning its first medal in 28 years as Korea lost to Russia 3-nil.

      Korea also tasted defeat against Hungary in the men's handball competition, unable to advance to the semifinals.


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