S. Korean Golfers Chase Gold Medal in Rio
[News] l 2016-08-19
South Korean female golfer Park In-bee cruised her way to the top of the leaderboard after the the second round in Rio, getting one step closer to clinching the gold medal.
Park traded six birdies with a bogey at the halfway point of women's golf at the Olympic Golf Course on Thursday. With a stellar five-under 66 performance for a second day in a row, Park is now leading the pack, a stroke ahead of runner-up Stacey Lewis of the U.S.
Chun In-gee finished tied for eighth at six-under, carding two eagles along the way.
Amy Yang had a six-under 65, including seven birdies and a bogey, and is tied for 17th, while Kim Sei-young, who finished the first round tied with Park, tumbled with a two-over par performance and sat tied for 22nd.
In badminton, Jung Kyung-eun and Shin Seung-chan secured South Korea’s only medal in the sport at Rio, beating Tan Yunating and Yu Yang of China by a set score of 2-0 in the bronze medal match of the women’s doubles competition.
The country came short of winning its second gold medal taekwondo, as Lee Dae-hoon fell to Jordan’s Ahmad Abughaush 11-8 in the quarterfinal of the men’s under 68-kilogram division.
The London Olympic silver medalist will aim for a bronze medal through repechage, as his compatriot Kim Tae-hun did a day earlier.
In Kayak, South Korean pair of Cho Gwang-hee and Choi Min-kyu finished ninth in the men’s double 200-meter final.
On Day 13 of Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Team Korea remains in eleventh place in the medal standings, with seven gold, three silver and seven bronze.