The older brother who says, “I’m happier than my gold,” and the younger brother who says, “I’m going to win the team gold.”
Oh Sang-wook defeats senior Koo Bon-gil to win gold in fencing sabre individual event
Koo Bon-gil snaps four-game losing streak in sabre at Asian Games
There was a winner and a loser, but they both smiled.
Men’s fencer Oh Sang-wook
27, of Daejeon, South Korea, won his first individual gold medal at the Asian Games, ending a four-game
losing streak for senior Koo Bon-gil, 토토사이트 34, of Korea National Sports Promotion Organization.
Oh won the gold medal with a 15-7 victory over Koo in the men’s individual fencing sabre final on Friday
at the Hangzhou University of Electronic Arts Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China.
It was Oh’s first individual gold medal in his second Asian Games appearance.
Despite being denied a fourth consecutive Asian Games individual title, Koo was just as happy to see his
junior win as he was to see his own gold.
“After the match, I told (Oh) Sang-wook, ‘Congratulations on your first individual gold medal at the Asian
Games. I said, ‘You’re doing great. Congratulations from the bottom of my heart.”
For Koo, this competition is special. Several records are at stake.
He is attempting to win his fourth consecutive individual title after winning in Guangzhou 2010, 스포츠토토 Incheon 2014 and Jakarta-Palembang 2018.
He was also aiming to increase his career gold medal tally to six, joining the likes of Park Tae-hwan in
swimming and Nam Hyun-hee in fencing as Korea’s most decorated Asian Games gold medalists. He currently has five.
“I thought I would be very disappointed if I didn’t win four in a row, but we did it as Koreans. I feel like it’s
all over. It’s not easy to win four in a row,” he said, adding, “The challenge itself is a great honor. I want to
praise myself, it’s a great feeling.”
He continued, “I’m more happy with the silver medal today than the gold I won in Jakarta. At that time, I
also felt sorry for Sang Wook Lee. I really congratulate him.”
At the official press conference, Goo said, “I went through a lot of ups and downs on my way to the final,
and I was nervous from the preliminaries to the semifinals.” “But when I came to the final, I felt a little
more relaxed because I was able to play with (Oh) Sang-wook,” he added.
Five years ago, the two battled for gold in the final of the Jakarta-Palembang Games. Goo won the gold medal with a dramatic one-point victory over Oh Sang-wook.
“It’s only my second Asian Games, and I don’t think it makes sense for him to win three gold medals in a
row,” said the younger brother, who has grown so much in five years that he has surpassed his older
brother. I can’t believe it,” he said, expressing his admiration for Koo.
“I was very nervous in Jakarta. I had a lot of regrets after the match, but today I thought that even if I lost, I would do my best and lose.”
He added, “I was also relaxed. The best we could do was to finish first and second,” he said, adding, “I
didn’t feel like I had to get revenge for losing at the previous Asian Games. I just wanted to win, and I wanted to win gold,” he added.
Injury has also been a rocky road. Last November, he twisted his right ankle and tore a ligament.
“I had a big injury,” Oh said. I didn’t have time to recover, but the team instilled a lot of confidence in me.
“I don’t know if I made a good play this time, but I was able to do it with confidence because I thought I was good,” he said.
They weren’t done yet. The duo will team up for a third straight Asian Games title in the sabre team event.
A gold medal in the team event would take Koo’s total to six.
“I believe in Sang Wook, I have no doubt. I will challenge for gold.”
Oh Sang-wook said
“I want to give my brother a gold medal, and I will do my best to help him break the record for the most
gold medals at the Asian Games.”
Koo Bon-gil laughed at the official press conference, saying, “If I win gold in the team event, I want to go
to the next Asian Games in Nagoya. I can win the most Asian Games gold medals in other events, but I
want to make a name for myself by winning gold in the team event (in Nagoya), and then I won’t be as
greedy in the individual event as I was this time.”