Big Matches to Watch out for in Upcoming Asian Games

      September 12, 2014 11:39

      Fans wait for several exciting matches as star athletes will compete in the upcoming Asian Games which will kick off on Sept. 19. For Korea, 11 out of 16 athletes who won gold in the 2012 Olympics in London will compete in Incheon.

      Clockwise from top, Son Yeon-jae, Lee Yong-dae, Yang Hak-seon and Park Tae-hwan

      The heroes from London will be in action on the very first day of the Asiad. Shooter Jin Jong-oh, who won two gold medals in London, and Kim Jang-mi, a gold medalist in the women's 25-m pistol event, will be competing for Korea's first shot at gold. Jin will compete in the men's 50-m pistol event on Sept. 20, and Kim in the women's 10-m air pistol competition on the same day.

      Korea hopes to win at least 10 gold medals on Sept. 28. The individual and team events for recurve bow archery will take place for both men and women. Korea swept all four gold medals in the two previous Asian Games. The final round of men's and women's individual and team events in golf, in which Korea also had a clean sweep in 2006 and 2010, will also take place on the same day. Lee Yong-dae, an Olympic gold medalist in Beijing, and Yoo Yeon-seong will go for their first Asian Games gold medal in men's badminton doubles at 7 p.m.

      Men's 200-m and 400-m freestyle swimming will feature a fierce rivalry between Korea's Park Tae-hwan and China's Sun Yang. The preliminaries for both events will take place on Sept. 21, and the final on Sept. 23. Sun won the 400-m event in London and Park won silver. In 200 m, both shared a silver medal.

      Yang Hak-seon, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, is the strong favorite in men's vault for this year's Asian Games, but he might face North Korea's Ri Se-gwang, a gold medalist in the 2006 Doha Asian Games. Rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-jae will face her greatest challenge from China's Deng Senyue. Both gymnasts are pioneers in their respective countries in this particular discipline.

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