A Chinese newspaper representing the host city of the 19th Asian Games has sympathized with South Korea’s women’s volleyball team for its lowest-ever finish, asking “how did they become so weak?
In its Asian Games women’s volleyball wrap-up content, Hangzhourbao said, “Although they only finished fifth, South Korea has been a longtime rival of China. They were characterized not only by speed and flexibility, but also by comprehensive and versatile skills.”
The Hangzhou Daily is one of China’s top seven newspapers. “Many women’s volleyball fans still vividly remember the Korean team at the 16th Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010, led by the famous attacker Kim Yeon-kyung (35-Hungkuk Life). The gold medal match was a thrilling and exhilarating match,” the newspaper recalled.
Korean women’s volleyball shook off a fifth-place finish at the 2006 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, to reach the final of the Guangzhou Asian Games. They took the first two sets 25-21, 25-22 to come within a whisker of winning the title, but fell to the home team China 10-25, 17-25, 14-16 to take the silver medal.
“The Korean women’s volleyball team, led by the limit-breaking Kim Yeon-kyung, was always a huge pressure for China. What must have been the feelings of superstar Kim Yeon-kyung as she watched her team win a bronze medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games from off the court?”
“Chinese reporters couldn’t help but notice how she was dressed in a suit, greeting the athletes and cheering them on,” said Hangzhou Daily, referring to Kim’s presence at the Hangzhou Asian Games as an advisor to the women’s volleyball team and a commentator for KBS.
South Korea faced China in the first match of Group E in the second round of the women’s volleyball competition at the Hangzhou Asian Games, but fell short with a set score of 0-3 (12-25, 21-25, 16-25).
“Unlike China, who had a strong offense, Korea’s routine was to be stopped no matter what we did. The Chinese, who maintained the advantage throughout the match, tried harder,” he said, pointing out that the Korean women’s volleyball team at the Hangzhou Asian Games lacked not only skill but also mental strength. 아톰카지노