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S. Korea Secures at Least Silver in Taekwondo at Day 12 of Rio

[News] l 2016-08-18

South Korea managed to secure at least a silver medal in taekwondo on the twelfth day at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Kim So-hui beat Yasmina Aziez of France 1-0 to progress to the women’s 49-kilogram final, which will take place later on Wednesday. 

With a silver medal guaranteed, Kim will vie for gold when she faces Serbia’s Tijana Bogdanovic.

Things didn't look so rosy in the men’s event, with Kim Tae-hun losing to Tawin Hanprab of Thailand 12-10 in the Round of 16 in the 58-kilogram division.

The former world champion still has a shot at a bronze medal, as he will contest the repechage against Safwan Khalil of Australia. If Kim beats Khalil, he will face Mexico’s Carlos Navarro in the bronze medal bout.

Meanwhile, South Korea's female golfers got off to a good start in the first round on Wednesday.

Park In-bee and Kim Sei-young finished the opening round tied for second, carding five-under 66 at the Olympic Golf Course.

Both got five birdies with no bogeys and sit a shot behind Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn. 

Chun In-gee also carded five birdies, but her four bogeys lead her to settle for a tied 19th place, while Amy Yang finished the first round tied for 39th.

In table tennis, South Korea's men’s team fell to Germany 3-1 in the bronze medal decider.

It is the first-time ever Team Korea failed to win any medal in men’s table tennis at an Olympics.

In men’s badminton, Son Wan-ho bowed out of the quarterfinals in the men’s singles losing to World No.1 Chen Long of China 2-1.

South Korea will vie for its first and last medal in badminton at Rio, when its female duo of Jung Kyung-eun and Shin Seung-chan face Tan Yunating and Yu Yang of China in the bronze medal match. 

Team Korea remains in eleventh place in the medal standings, with six gold, three silver and five bronze.