Korea Lowers Medal Expectations for Asian Games in Indonesia

  • By Lee Soon-heung, Lee Tae-dong

    July 11, 2018 11:06

    A media event for next month's Asian Games in Indonesia was held in Jincheon, South Chungcheong Province on Tuesday.

    The quadrennial sporting event known as the Asiad kicks off on Aug. 18.

    Korea will send a 960-member delegation, including 779 athletes, who will compete in 39 disciplines. It will field unified inter-Korean teams in women's basketball, canoeing and rowing that include 38 of its athletes.

    Athletes train at the National Training Center in Jincheon, South Chungcheong Proinvce on Tuesday.

    Korea is aiming to finish second for the sixth consecutive Asian Games with 65 gold medals, fewer than the 79 it won at the Incheon Asian Games four years ago.

    "We lowered our goal as Japan, the host country of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, is focused on its athletes, and their abilities have improved significantly," said delegation head Kim Sung-jo.

    The archery team is confident of sweeping all five gold medals in the men's and women's individual and team events and a new mixed team event.

    Shooter Jin Jong-oh said, "I will be in my mid-40s four years from now, so the upcoming event might be my last Asian Games." He won gold medals in the 50-m pistol at three consecutive Olympics, but was unable to win a gold medal in an individual event at four Asian Games from 2002 to 2014.

    In Indonesia he will only compete in the 10-m air pistol, as his main event, the 50-m pistol, has been scrapped.  

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