August 26, 2004 13:46
The 12th day of the Summer Games was a slow day for the South Korean Olympic squad but there was something to celebrate especially in the men's wrestling competition.
It was a quiet day for the South Korean Olympic team on Day 12 as good news only came from the wrestling event.
Now hopes are high that Jung Ji-hyun will grab a medal in the men's Greco-Roman 60 kilogram category as he defeated both of his opponents in the event's elimination round.
Jung Ji-hyun kicked off the event with a 10 to 2 victory over Wlodzimierz Zawadski of Poland and then moved on to beat Azerbaijan's Vitaliy Rahimov 3 to 0 booking a spot on Day 13's quarterfinals.
Jung almost lost allowing Rahimov three points toward the end of the match.
But Jung came out as the winner when his coach pointed out that Rahimov's foot was out of the mat when receiving the points.
However in the 74-kilogram division, Choi Duk-hoon failed to make it past the elimination pool losing his opening match to Filiberto Aguilera of Cuba six to two.
In cycling, Kim Yong-mi and Hong Suk-hwan fell short of grabbing a medal. Kim placed 17th out of 18 in the women's points race final and Hong came in 6th out of 7 in the first round of men's keirin.
Another disappointing match in athletics, South Korean sprinter Lee Jae-hoon failed to reach the semifinals, even though he ran his personal best of 1 minute 46.24 seconds in the men's 800 meters event.
Also, Chang Jung-yeon in the women's javelin throw and Kim Yoo-suk in the men's pole vault, both failed to pass the qualifying rounds.
But there was good news for other Olympic teams. In weightlifting, Iran won its first gold medal in Athens while also setting new world and Olympic records.
Hossein Reza Zadeh of Iran repeated his previous feat as the Olympic gold medal winner in the men's super heavyweight division by lifting a total of 472.5 kilograms.
Also, Israel picked up its first-ever gold medal at the Olympics on Day 12 when windsurfer Gal Fridman won the men's mistral sailing event.
It was Israel's first gold medal in 52 years since the country first entered the Olympics in 1952 in Helsinki.
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