Koo Bon-gil, Who Stopped at the Brink of his Fourth Loss
[Asian Games] Koo Bon-gil, Who Stopped at the Brink of his Fourth Straight Loss, said, “The Challenge Itself was an Honor”
“I’m as happy that Oh Sang-wook won the gold medal as I am by winning the 4th straight…
I will win the gold medal in the team event.”
Koo Bon-gil (Korea Sports Promotion Foundation),
who missed his fourth consecutive men’s saber individual fencing title at the Asian Games by one shot,
expressed his ‘relief’ even more as he congratulated his junior Oh Sang-wook (Daejeon Metropolitan City Hall),
who surpassed him and won the championship. 스포츠토토
After finishing the men’s saber individual finals at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games held at the Hangzhou University of Electronics Gymnasium in China on the 25th,
Koo Bon-gil said, “I am not disappointed that I was not able to achieve the record of four consecutive wins because it was easier said than done.
He expressed his feelings, saying, “I am as happy that Oh Sang-wook won the gold medal as I am of losing four times in a row.”
Gu Bon-gil, who won the men’s individual saber event in succession at the 2010 Guangzhou,
2014 Incheon, and 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games,
achieved the milestone of 4 consecutive wins in this competition.
Coincidentally ,he met Oh Sang-wook, who was his opponent in the finals at the Jakarta Games,
in the finals again this year.
Koo Bon-gil, who won by one point five years ago and achieved his third consecutive title,
lost 7-15 this time, giving up the gold medal to his junior.
Koo Bon-gil, who said, “Before entering the game,
we were ‘fighting’ to be cool, work hard, and compete in good faith,” said Gu Bon-gil,
“I became a lot more impatient in the second half and had less time than Sang-wook.”
He continued, “During the final match in Jakarta, Sang-wook’s military service issue was at stake,
so I felt uncomfortable even after winning,
but today’s silver medal is more comforting and happy than the gold medal from back then,” he said.
I feel relieved and happy because I did my best and competed without regrets.
He said, “Sang-wook came back after suffering an injury (ankle ligament surgery in November of last year),
but now I think he has regained his pre-injury skills,” and added, “Next year’s Paris Olympics will be no problem.”
In the quarterfinals, against a Chinese player with the support of home fans,
he was pushed to the brink with an ambiguous decision at 10-14, but won a huge victory.
In the semifinals against Yousif Alshamlan (Kuwait), he overturned the initial 1-5 disadvantage.
He won and advanced to the finals.
Koo Bon-gil said, “It was an honor in itself to challenge for a fourth consecutive victory,
I want to praise myself,” and added, “I will do my best to win the gold medal in the team event.”