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Athletes vow to excel at send-off ceremony

The Korean track and field team competing at the Hangzhou Asian Games on Tuesday pledged their resolve at a departure ceremony at the Champion House at the Jincheon National Athletes’ Village in North Chungcheong Province.

Led by Baek Ok-ja, vice president of the Korean Athletics Federation and a gold medalist in the women’s shot put at the 1970 Bangkok and 1974 Tehran Asian Games, the athletics team for the Hangzhou Asian Games consists of 45 athletes and 15 officials, totaling 60 members.

Korean athletes will compete in 34 of the 48 track and field events, with gold medals expected from Woo Sang-hyuk (Yongin City Hall) in the men’s high jump.

They are also hoping for silver in the women’s marathon with Choi Kyung-sun (Jecheon City Hall) and Jung Da-eun (K-water), bronze in the men’s marathon with Park Min-ho (Kolon) and Shim Jong-seop (KEPCO), a bronze medal for the men’s 400-meter relay team that won its first medal in 38 years at the Asian Athletics Championships last month, and a bronze for Jung Jeong-sun (Ansan City Hall), who finished fourth in the women’s shot put at the Asian Championships.

“You have been training hard and sweating for a long time, and I wish you all the best to win medals and set new records at the Hangzhou Asian Games,” said Korean Athletics Federation President Yuk Hyun-pyo, who presented the athletes with an encouragement check for $10 million.

The athletics events at the Hangzhou Asian Games will be held for seven days starting on Sept. 29, with athletes leaving for Hangzhou on Sept. 26 according to their respective schedules. 파워볼

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