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S. Korea Tumbles to 11th with Another Medal-less Day at Rio

[News] l 2016-08-17

Day eleven of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics presented South Korea another day without a medal, as the country struggled in wrestling, volleyball and badminton.

Wrestler Ryu Han-su came just short of adding to the country’s medal tally, as he lost 8-0 to Azerbaijan’s Rasul Chunayev in the bronze medal bout of the men’s 66-kilogram Greco-Roman event.

The women’s volleyball team hoped to win South Korea’s first Olympic medal in 40 years but was stunned by the Netherlands in the quarterfinals, losing three sets to one.

In badminton, the women’s pair of Jung Kyung-eun and Shin Seung-chan failed to advance to the final with a 2-0 semifinal loss to Misaki Matsumoto and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan.

Sung Ji-hyun also fell to top-ranked Carolina Marin of Spain 2-0 in the women’s singles quarters.

On Wednesday, Team Korea will seek to end its medal drought in Taekwondo, where a total of ten gold medals are up for grabs.

Five South Korean athletes will aim to meet the country’s goal of two to three golds in the traditional Korean martial arts.

In the men’s event, Kim Tae-hun will compete in the 58-kilogram, Lee Dae-hoon in the 68-kilogram and Cha Dong-min in the 80-kilogram, while female athletes Kim So-hui and Oh Hye-ri will participate in the 49-kilogram and 67-kilogram events, respectively.

South Korea’s female golfers—Park In-bee, Kim Sei-young, Chun In-gee and Yang Hee-young—will also pursue the title of the discipline that was revived after a 116-year exclusion on Wednesday. 

Son Wan-ho will try to carry on South Korea’s lingering medal hope in badminton as he goes up against Chen Long of China in the men’s individual quarterfinals. 

As for the medal standings, South Korea fell by one notch to eleventh, with six gold, three silver and five bronze.