A ‘big hit’ since 2000… In Jakarta and Palembang,
the highest ever 6 gold medals ‘leading role 5 years ago’ Na-reum and others prepare for sortie…
Recent strong performance in the women’s division
Cycling is a ‘traditional sport’ adopted since the first Asian Games held in New Delhi, India in 1951.
At the time, cycling consisted of four events, including men’s individual road,
track sprint, solo, and team pursuit, but the number of events gradually increased as women’s events were held starting with the 1986 Seoul Asian Games.
There are a total of 20 gold medals at stake in the cycling event alone at this year’s Hangzhou Asian Games.
Track events, with six gold medals each for men and women, are divided into team sprint, sprint, keirin, team pursuit, omnium, and madison.
The road race, where two gold medals are awarded for men and women,
is divided into individual road and individual road solo. 카지노사이트킹
MTB, a mountain bike race, and BMX, which showcases various skills and agility through various stunts, will be competed for one gold medal each for men and women.
In the 2000s, cycling became the ‘biggest sport’ of the Asian Games in Korea.
From 1986, when the women’s division was created, to the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games, Korea won two gold medals in all four competitions.
However, at the 2002 Busan Asian Games, Korea won five gold medals and a ‘revival period’ began.
Jo Ho-seong, the ‘legend’ of Korean Cycling, brought two by himself.
At this time, Korean cyclists added 2 silver medals and 6 bronze medals, also achieved the feat of winning 5 gold medals (2 silver and 8 bronze) in Doha in 2006.
The national team, which won 4 gold medals (1 silver) at the 2010 Guangzhou Games, ‘faltered’ with 3 gold medals (4 silver, 1 bronze) at the 2014 Incheon Games.
Perhaps it was a step back to take two steps forward, but the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games achieved the best performance ever.
Six gold medals, three silver medals, and four bronze medals were won.
However, the next few years were not very friendly times for Korean cycling.
Cycling is a sport that has suffered considerable damage as the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) has spread since early 2020.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) suspended all international competitions for a while,
in the early stages of the situation, domestic competitions were also canceled one after another, causing confusion for athletes.
Leading players in the women’s division, such as Lee Hye-jin (Seoul City Hall) and Na-reum (Samyang Corporation), had to cancel overseas training to develop their skills and seek self-help measures at home.
It would be nice to repeat the glory of five years ago in Hangzhou this year, but the consensus in the cycling world is that it is difficult to expect results at the level of the previous competition, which was the best ever.
Still, the recent steady performance of women’s players is worth noting.
At the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, all six gold medals were won by female athletes.
Na-reum alone won the most with four, and Lee Joo-mi (Korea Sports Promotion Foundation) Kim Yu-mi (Seoul City Hall) also added gold medals in individual and team events.
Hyejin Lee won the silver medal for the first time in Korea at the World Track Cycling Championships in March 2020 and ranked first in the UCI women’s cycling world rankings.
Lee Hye-jin, who also competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics held in 2021, remains the strongest sprinter in Korea this year.
In May, she won the National Sports Promotion Foundation’s Jangbae Award, and in July, she topped both the keirin and sprint categories at the KBS Yangyang National Cycling Championships.
Shin Ji-eun (Daegu Metropolitan City Office), born in 2001, who won 4 gold medals in the women’s general division of the National Sports Festival last year,
is also in good spirits recently.
Shin Ji-eun, who set a new competition record for her individual pursuit events at the 8/15 Gyeongchul 2023 Yangyang International Cycling Championships last month,
won five gold medals at the national championships in July.
The performance of female athletes was dazzling in the Asian competition as well.
At the Asian Track Cycling Championships in June last year,
Korean cyclists won four gold medals (8 silver and 1 bronze), all of which came in the women’s division.
In the short-distance team sprint event, Cho Seon-yeong (Sangju City Hall), Hwang Hyeon-seo (Daegu Metropolitan City Hall), and Park Ji-hae (Busan Facilities Corporation)
took first place, and Na-reum, Lee Joo-mi, and Kim Yu-ri
also performed well in the middle and long distance events.
Lee Joo-mi and Na-reum also competed in the Madison,
a race in which they take turns running in pairs,
at this year’s Asian Championships, aiming for the top spot,
but unfortunately they won a silver medal.
◇ Hangzhou Asian Games cycling team list
▲ Men’s sprint
Kang Seo-jun (Busan Facility Corporation) Oh Je-seok (Geumsan County Office)
Park Je-won (Gyeongbuk Sports Council) Choi Woo-rim and Kim Dong-ha (Ulsan Metropolitan City Hall)
▲ Women’s sprint
Hwang Hyun-seo (Daegu Metropolitan City Hall) Lee Hye-jin (Seoul City Hall)
Cho Seon-yeong (Sangju City Hall) Kim Ha-eun (Naju City Hall)
▲ Men’s middle and long distance track
Shin Dong-in (Gangjin County Office) Min Kyung-ho (Seoul City Hall)
Kim Sang-pyo (Gangjin County Office) Jang Hoon Park Sang-hoon (Uijeongbu City Hall) Kim Hyun-seok (Korail Cycling Team)
▲ Men Mid- to long-distance roads
Jang Gyeong-gu (Eumseong-gun Office) Joo Dae-yeong (Uijeongbu City Hall)
Park Sang-hong Kim Yu-ro (Korea Land and Infrastructure Corporation)
Choi Hyung-min (Geumsan-gun Office)
▲ Women’s mid-to-long distance roads and tracks
Na-reum Song Min-ji Lee Eun-hee Lee Joo-hee (Samyang Corporation)
Shin Ji-eun (Daegu) Metropolitan City Hall) Lee Joo-mi and Kang Hyeon-kyung (Korea Sports Promotion Foundation)
▲ Men’s MTB
Heo Seung-soo (Korail Cycling Team) Cheon Seong-hoon (Chungbuk Bicycle Federation)
▲ Men’s BMX
Junsu Yoon (Kyung Hee University) Park Dong-young (Korea University)
▲ Women’s BMX
A-yeon Park (Songyang High School) Taeyoung Kim (Gumi Sports Council)