Korean Women’s Hockey Challenges for Gold medal
[Asian Games] Korean women’s hockey challenges for gold medal against China on the 7th for the first time in 9 years
The Korean women’s hockey team will challenge for the Asian Games gold medal for the first time in nine years.
Korea, led by coach Han Jin-soo, drew 2-2 with Japan in the semifinals of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China on the 5th and then won 4-3 in the shootout.
In the International Hockey Federation (FIH) world rankings,
Japan is ranked 11th and Korea is 12th, and although the gap is not large,
Korea has not won a single match against Japan recently.
Starting with the 2021 Asian Champions Trophy held in Donghae, Gangwon-do,
they met four times and lost four times until last year’s Women’s Nations Cup. 온라인카지노사이트
With this victory, they avenged the 0-2 defeat suffered by Japan in the semifinals of the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, the previous tournament.
In this semifinal match against Japan, the game was tied at the end of the 4th quarter after being ahead 2-0 through the 3rd quarter,
things were not going well as the team went into a shootout,
but in the end, they achieved a thrilling victory and went on to face the host country, China, in the final on the 7th.
China, ranked 10th in the world, defeated 7th ranked India 4-0 in the semifinals to advance to the finals and also has the advantage of being the host country.
Gu Bingfeng, the top scorer with 9 goals in this tournament, is a target of caution.
Korean women’s hockey won four consecutive championships from the 1986 Seoul Games to 1998 Bangkok, and then returned to the top again in Incheon in 2014.
However, at the 2018 tournament, they failed to win a medal after losing to Japan in the semifinals and losing to China in the 3rd and 4th place matches.
The country that wins the Asian Games will also qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
For Korean women’s hockey, which failed to advance to the finals of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and has been interrupted for eight consecutive Olympics from the 1988 Seoul Olympics to Rio de Janeiro in 2016,
this is a good opportunity to win an Asian Games gold medal and a ticket to the Olympic finals at the same time.
China lost 0-2 to Japan in the group stage of this tournament,
we beat India 4-0 in the semifinals, after drawing 1-1 in the group stage,
the result of the final is expected to be a close match that is truly difficult to predict.