‘Stormy tears’ after gold, Xin Yubin takes ‘golden road’ from Hangzhou to Paris

By Kim Autumn Kim, Sports Chosun]Shin Yoo-bin (Korean Air), a brightly smiling “pee-wee,” ended up crying tears of joy.

Shin Yubin and Jeon Jeon-hee (Mirae Asset Securities), ranked No. 1, defeated North Korea’s Cha Sooyoung and Park Soo-kyong (unranked) in the women’s table tennis doubles final of the Hangzhou Asian Games with a game score of 4-1 (11-6, 11-4, 10-12, 12-10, 11-3) at the Gungsu Canal Sports Park Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China, on Feb. 2. The duo became the first South Korean pair to win an Asian Games gold medal in 21 years. It has been 21 years since a South Korean athlete won a gold medal at an Asian Games since Lee Chul-seung-Seung-min in men’s doubles and Seok Eun-mi-Eun-sil in women’s doubles at the 2002 Busan Games.

Shin Yubin and Jeon Jeon-hee won their first ever Asian Games gold medal. The duo proved their dominance at the Asian Games after winning the women’s doubles gold medal at the 2021 Asian Championships in Doha.

After clinching victory, Shin Yubin threw her hands in the air in celebration. She ran to her coach, Oh Kwang-heon, and gave him a high-five in the air. When she saw her coach, Seok Eun-mi, running behind her, she burst into tears. She covered her face with her hands, holding a Korean flag.

After the game, Shin Yubin smiled embarrassedly, saying, “My coach cried first, so I cried along with her.”

It was North Korea that met them on the final road to victory. This is the first time in 33 years that North and South Korea have met in an Asian Games table tennis final since the men’s team event in Beijing in 1990. It was also the first North-South matchup in a final across all sports at the Games. Shin Yoo-bin and Jeon Jeon-hee made South Korean table tennis history by beating the elusive Cha Sooyoung and Park Soo-kyung.

“It’s so unbelievable. We have a gold medal back home, and in terms of the game, I think we kept changing our game plan and kept playing. It’s really good. My grandma and grandpa are really happy to see me on TV. It makes them happy to see me with a gold medal. I also want to say thank you to my coaches in Korea,” she smiled.

“I wasn’t actually here because I was injured,” Shin said. But I was lucky enough to be able to play and I was grateful for that. My performance was good, so it was an unforgettable first Asian Games. (Paris) I haven’t decided yet, but if I go, I’ll have to 카지노 do what I’ve always done and be more diligent so that I don’t have any regrets. If I do go, I want to make sure I have no regrets there. I also noticed that the athletes were different in Tokyo. I felt that experienced athletes have a different focus. I thought it was a little bit difficult, but after the team event (at the Games), I felt a lot of things, and I think it was a great experience to deal with the stress,” she said.

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