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6. South Korea Finishes 5th in London Olympics


6. South Korea Finishes 5th in London Olympics
South Korea ranked fifth in the overall medal tally at the London Olympics this summer. The nation won 13 gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals for its best finish since coming in fourth at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

South Korea sent 245 athletes and 129 coaches to compete in 22 events with hopes of winning ten gold medals for a top-ten finish at the London games.

South Korea seized three gold medals in archery as well as in shooting, while adding two gold medals each in fencing and judo. South Korea also won a gold medal in gymnastics, taekwondo and wrestling.

South Korea won a bronze medal in men’s soccer for the first time ever while swimming sensation Park Tae-hwan grabbed two silver medals.

Son Yeon-jae earned her country recognition in rhythmic gymnastics with a fifth-place finish.

However, defeats in men’s and women’s weightlifting, badminton, women’s fencing, women’s handball and women’s volleyball were regretful for the Korean people.

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