男Youth handball wins first championship in 8 years

The Korean men’s handball team was ranked as the strongest in Asia until the 2000s. However, as the generational change failed, he suffered from difficulties in international competitions every time since the 2010s. Middle Eastern countries such as Bahrain, Qatar, and Iran also showed rapid growth. This year, the adult national team finished fifth at the Asian Championships, and the under-20 national team finished fifth at the Asian Championships in July.

While the older brothers were sluggish, the younger brothers played brilliantly and revealed the future of Korean handball. The under-18 men’s handball team won the throne by defeating Iran 26-22 in the final of the 9th Asian Youth Championships held in Manama, Bahrain on the 1st. This is the first win in eight years since 2014. The national team made up of high school students defeated Iran, Bahrain, India and Uzbekistan in order in the preliminary round. In the semifinals, they defeated Japan 23-21 and advanced to the finals. The national team faced Iran, which had already won once, and finished the match without losing a lead during the match. It was the moment when the six-game winning streak was completed. Center back Choi Ji-hwan was selected as the tournament MVP, and goalkeeper Kim Hyun-min was selected as the final MVP and the tournament best 7 player. Manager Jang In-ik rejoiced, saying, “I give all the glory to the players who must have had a hard time training.”

Korea’s under-18 men’s handball team poses for a commemorative photo after winning the final of the 9th Asian Youth Championships in Manama, Bahrain, on the 1st. Provided by the Korea Handball Association

As a result, the national team, which had won the championship in 2005 and 2014, became the country with the most championships, beating Bahrain and Qatar, who took the throne twice.

By Jung Pil-jae, staff reporter [email protected]

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