The roster of athletes representing South Korea at the 2012 London Olympics has been finalized. The Korean Olympic Committee on Tuesday announced the list of 245 athletes and 129 officials in 22 sports who will compete at the Olympics later this month.
Apart from the men's and women's hockey and handball teams -- numbering 60 athletes in total -- there are 19 swimmers, 18 football players, 17 track and field athletes, 14 judoka, 14 fencers, 13 shooters and 12 women's volleyball players.
Additionally, South Korea is sending 12 badminton players, 10 weightlifters, 10 cyclists, nine wrestlers, seven gymnasts, six paddlers, six archers, four taekwondo fighters, eight sailors -- four each in rowing and yachting -- and two boxers. Three South Koreans will try their luck at the Olympic pentathlon, and one at the triathlon.
The country failed to obtain berths in the basketball, tennis, equestrian and canoe competitions.
South Korea will be sending 22 fewer athletes than it sent to both Athens 2004 -- where it had 267 athletes in 23 events -- and Beijing 2008, where the same number contested 25 sports. It aims to finish in the top 10 in London with 10 gold medals.
North Korea will send 51 athletes to London to compete in 11 sports, including women's football, boxing and shooting.
The South finished seventh overall at the last Olympics with 13 gold, 10 silver and eight bronze medals, while the North finished 33rd with two gold, one silver, and three bronze medals.