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S. Korea Adds One Gold Medal in Fencing, Continues Quest in Archery

[News] l 2016-08-10

Park Sang-young won a surprising gold medal in fencing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Tuesday, earning Team Korea's third gold at Rio on Day Four.  

The 20-year-old, who is ranked 21st in the world, defeated World No. 3 Geza Imre of Hungary by 15-14 in the individual epee final at Carioca Arena 3. It was a more stunning loss for his opponent as Park rallied from a seemingly irreversible score of 14-10.

South Korean archers continued their quest for gold, as Lee Seung-yun and Chang Hye-jin progressed into the Round of 16 in the men’s and women’s individual events, respectively.

South Korean shooter Kim Jang-mi aimed to defend her title in the women’s 25-meter pistol, but failed to make it into the eight-player final by finishing ninth in the qualification rounds with a total score of 582 points.

Kim’s colleague Hwang Seong-eun finished at 18th with 577 points.

Judoka Lee Seung-su crashed out of the Round of 16 in the men’s 81-kilogram event, losing to Bulgaria’s Ivaylo Ivanov by waza-ari, or a half point.

In swimming, Park Tae-hwan failed to recover his form and finished 32nd in the men’s 100-meter freestyle preliminary.

The Beijing Olympic gold medalist earlier failed to advance to the final in the 400-meter freestyle and 200-meter freestyle, and will have a last shot at a medal in the 1,500-meter freestyle.

In the women’s swimming event, Ahn Se-hyeon advanced to the semifinal in the 200-meter butterfly event. 

South Korea jumped to the sixth place in the medal standings as of the end of Tuesday, with three gold, two silver and one bronze.