Jang Woo-jin and Im Jong-hoon, the new history of table tennis in Korea… World Championship men’s doubles final

Lim Jong-hoon (left) and Jang Woo-jin cheer as they raise their hands after winning the men’s doubles semifinals at the World Championships in Houston, USA on the 29th. Provided by the Korea Table Tennis Association

The Korean men’s table tennis was stronger in singles than in doubles on the stage of the World Championships. Although he made it to the finals in men’s singles, he won only bronze medals in men’s doubles eight times. However, Jang Woo-jin (26, National Army Sports Corps) and Lim Jong-hoon (24, KGC Ginseng Corporation) became the first Korean players to reach the men’s doubles final at the World Table Tennis Championships, writing a new history in Korean table tennis.

Woojin Jang and Jonghoon Lim (14th) defeated Sunsuke Togami and Yukiya Uda (4th, Japan) 3-1 (8-) in the men’s doubles semifinals on the 6th day of the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships Finals held in Houston, Texas, USA on the 29th. 11 11-4 11-9 11-7). Woo-jin Jang and Jong-hoon Lim are the first Korean players to score more than a silver medal in the men’s doubles at the World Championships.

The Jang Woo-jin-Lim Jong-hoon group was also an insult to the Togami-Uda group, who lost in the Asian Championship final a month ago. First, he gave away one game and seemed to repeat painful memories, but after maintaining his composure and concentrating on the game, he immediately won two games, driving momentum and leading to a comeback victory.

Woo-jin Jang and Jong-hoon Lim, in their mid-20s, who became a doubles team in 2017 and debuted on the international stage for the first time at the German Open that year, won the Korea Open and the Grand Finals in a row in 2018, but this is the first time they have competed in a world championship. . Above all, while the national team in this tournament was sluggish overall, he flew high alone and properly maintained the pride of Korean table tennis.

The final opponent of the Jang Woo-jin-Lim Jong-hoon group was the Christian Carlsson-Mathias Falk group (31st place), who defeated Lin Gaoyuan-Liang Jingkun (2nd place, China) 3-0 (12-10 11-8 11-8). · Sweden). The Carlsson-Falk group, which appeared in the 2017 international competition, has never played against Jang Woo-jin and Im Jong-hoon. However, at the 2018 Czech Open, Koh Won (current women’s national team coach) and Kim Min-hyeok (Korea Water Resources Corporation) defeated 3-0, and at the 2019 Budapest World Championships, Jang Woo-jin and Park Kang-hyeon (Army National Army) defeated 4-1. He has a record of two wins against players.

However, if Woo-jin Jang and Jong-hoon Lim win the championship, they will give Korea table tennis a gold medal in the individual world championships for the first time in six years since the Suzhou Games in 2015. In the Suzhou Championships, Haeun Yang (Posco Energy) and Xu Xin (China) won the mixed doubles group in the Korean-Chinese doubles group. The last time a Korean athlete won a gold medal was the 1993 Gutenberg Championships in the women’s singles championship by Hyun Jeong-hwa, the current Korean Horse Association.

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