Lee Won-hee Selected As Athens’ Top Performer

      August 30, 2004 19:03

      “Mr. Ippon” Lee Won-hee, was selected as the best judoka of the Athens Olympic Games by British news agency Reuters. Reuters picked the “Top Moment” and “Top Performer” of each category of sport, in which passionate competitions were held for 17 days.

      According to the agency, “Japan dominated the winners' rostrum in Athens but Lee Won Hee dazzled once again in the men's 73 kg division with his speed and economy of movement.”

      Park Sung-hyun (left) and Ryu Seung-min


      The British Agency added, “It really was a case of blink and you miss him.” Reuters described him with “None could last a five-minute bout without blinking,” reconfirming his nickname , “Mr. Ippon.”

      South Korea judoka Lee Won-hee holds up hands after winning the gold medal in the men's -73-kg judo final against Vitaliy Makarov of Russia on Monday night.


      In addition, the South Korean women's team’s victory in archery and Ryu Seung-min’s win in the men’s singles table tennis were chosen as “Top Moments.”

      “Park Sung-hyun fired a bulls eye for a maximum 10-point score with the last shot to clinch the title,” noted the agency, and Ryu Seung-min’s achievements in table tennis were highly appraised because he stopped China from its third straight Olympic gold medal sweep in the sport.

      On the other hand, Alexei Nemov’s score change because “The crowd jeered at the judges for a low score” was selected as the “Top Moment” in gymnastics. The Argentinean soccer player Carlos Tevez was regarded as “the second Maradona” and became the “Top Performer” in football because of his eight goals in six games.

      “The men's 200 meters freestyle was billed as the 'race of the century' because it was the only event where Ian Thorpe, Michael Phelps would go head to head,” reported Reuters. It added, that Thorpe won the race, but it went down as the “Big Match” of the Athens Olympic Games.

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