The eight-hour time difference between Korea and the U.K. means that most Olympic events that take place in the afternoon in the U.K. can only be watched late at night or in the small hours here. That makes careful planning of the right events to watch a priority.
Korea hopes to finish in the top 10 by winning at least 10 gold medals, and the Chosun Ilbo has compiled a list of events where Korean athletes are most likely to win.
Korea aims for as many medals as possible in the early stage of the Games. Jin Jong-oh will start the medal race at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday (all Korean time) in the men's 10 m pistol shooting. The men's archery team final, another discipline where Korea shines, starts at 2:10 a.m., and Nam Hyun-hee will get ready for the final in women's foil fencing at 3:40 a.m.
Park Tae-hwan, the defending Olympic champion in the men's 400-m freestyle swimming, will try to retain his title at 3:49 a.m. At 7:45 p.m. on the same day, shooter Kim Jang-mi will begin the women's 10 m pistol competition.
From 2 a.m. on Monday, the women's archery team will go for their sixth consecutive Olympic gold. At midnight going into Tuesday, Wang Ki-chun will take on the challenge to win the gold that eluded him four years ago in the men's 73 kg judo. On Tuesday morning, Park Tae-hwan goes for his second medal in the men's 200-m freestyle swimming.
Around midnight on Wednesday, Kim Jae-bum will embark on his quest for gold in the men's 81 kg judo. Sa Jae-hyouk will try to defend his Olympic title in the men's 77 kg weightlifting from 3 a.m. on Thursday. The Korean women's archery team will compete the same night, and the men's individual archery event will take place on the night of Thursday and Friday.
Aug. 5 will also see stars from the 2008 Beijing Olympics aim for gold. Jin Jong-oh will try to defend his Olympic title in men's 50 m pistol at 8:30 p.m. Lee Yong-dae, who became a heartthrob here after winning gold in the badminton mixed doubles in Beijing, will go for gold in the men's doubles with Jung Jae-sung. If they reach the final with successive wins in the tournament, they will play in the final at 9 p.m.
Jang Mi-ran, who set the world record five times during the Beijing Olympics in women's +75 kg category, will start another quest for gold at 11:30 p.m.
Yang Hak-seon, favorite to become the first Korean gymnast ever to win an Olympic gold, will take on the vault in men's gymnastics from 11:35 p.m. on Aug. 6.
Toward the end of the Olympics, Korea pins its hopes on taekwondo. Lee Dae-hoon will compete at 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 9 in the men's -58kg category, and Hwang Kyung-seon in the morning of Aug. 11 in the women's -67kg. Lee In-jong and Cha Dong-min will compete on Aug. 12 in the women's +67 kg and the men's +80 kg.
If the football team miraculously manages to win consecutive games, Korean football fans may be able to enjoy the historic final of the Olympics at 11 p.m. on Aug. 11. The women's handball final will take place at 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 12.