Korean Judo has been closed for a long time ahead of the burdensome Tokyo Olympics held at the home ground of Japan, its biggest rival. The schedule of the international competition was suspended due to Corona 19, and even after the game resumed in October last year, Korea has delayed participation in the competition due to practical difficulties such as self-isolation.
However, Korea made a pleasant start from the challenge on the international stage, which resumed after 11 months. Men’s lightweight signboards An Paul (27, Namyang City Hall, 13th in the world ranking) and Kim Wonjin (29, Ansan City Hall, 12th in the world ranking) won the gold medals side by side on the first day of the 2021 Doha Masters Competition held at the Lusail Sports Arena in Doha, Qatar on the 12th. . Ahn Paul defeated Israel’s Baruch Smilelov (8th in the world ranking) in the men’s 66kg class final with half a win after an overtime (Golden Score) match, and Kim Won-jin, a male 60kg class sign who held a bout streak from the third round. In the final against Yang Yong-wei (Taipei, 11th in the world ranking), she won another round with’laying and throwing’. On the first day, amid the propaganda of the two players, the Korean national team won two gold medals in Japan (one gold medal and two silver medals) and climbed to the top, making a pleasant start from the long-standing international competition.
Ahn Paul and Kim Won-jin increased their chances of participating in the Olympics by winning this day. The Masters is the highest level competition in which only athletes within the 36th place in the world ranking by weight class participate, and is given the second highest ranking point after the World Championships. The two players at the beginning of the world ranking 10 won a whopping 1800 points. In order to participate in the Tokyo Olympics, it is necessary to maintain the ranking in the 18th world ranking by weight category until June 21st.
Reporter Pilwoong Seo
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