Kim Yeon-kyung, who led the quarterfinals, “teamwork is the driving force for victory in Japan”

Kim Yeon-kyung (33, Shanghai), who led the Korean women’s volleyball team to the quarterfinals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The Korean women’s volleyball team, led by coach Stefano Lavarini, played 3-2 (25-19 19-25 25-22 15-25 16-14) in the 4th match of Group A of the tournament held at Ariake Arena in Tokyo on the 31st. won a sweaty victory with

Korea, which suffered a devastating defeat in the first group match against Brazil, blew a whistle as it beat Kenya, the Dominican Republic and Japan.

Korea, which recorded 3 wins and 1 loss, is challenging to win a medal by confirming that they have advanced to the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics. Both teams scored the most goals. Kim Yeon-kyung said, “We won a very difficult match. There were many difficult situations. During the two years of preparing for the Olympics, there were times when I won and there were times when I lost, but in the end I was happy to win at an important moment. It was a comeback in the end, but it was possible because the players were of one mind and one heart.”
◇The following is a Q&A with Yeon-Kyung Kim.

– The feeling of victory.

“As those of you who have seen it will feel, we won a really tough match. In fact, there were many difficult situations. While preparing for the Olympics for two years, there were times when I won and there were times when I lost, but in the end, I am happy to win at an important moment. It was a comeback in the end, but it was possible because the players were of one mind and one mind.”

– The key point.

“The part we prepared against Japan was blocking and defense. We expected high-priced players not to play, but when the high-priced players came in, we were also bewildered. Japan would have suffered a huge blow because it lost even if it did its best. I analyzed a lot of blocking, the opponent’s course, and the offensive part, and studied the opponent’s pattern a lot.”

– I said there was a lot of earnestness.

“Everyone seems desperate. When it comes to Korea-Japan war, all the people show great interest. We know that we have to win and it is an important game. So I think it was more desperate.”

– Is there any physical burden?

“It was hard today. Japan also suffered a lot. It was difficult from the beginning because of the pressure from Japan, but we were able to win as many players scored together at important moments.”

– The goal of qualifying for the tournament has been achieved.

“I said the five most important days. I think it’s great to win all three teams as I thought. We’ve confirmed that we’ve made it to the quarterfinals, but we don’t know what to do with Serbia. As we reach the quarterfinals, we don’t know who our opponent is, but once it is decided, we will prepare well and create another miracle.”

– You met Japan 3 times at the Olympics and recorded 2 wins and 1 loss.

“I thought of that before the game. I thought if I win today, I will beat Japan twice. The war in Japan was a burden for everyone. It seems that the joy has multiplied three or four times as I have overcome the burden and won.”

– What did you do well in Japan?

“Everything went well. The performance was so good that no matter who won, it wouldn’t be strange. The Japanese defense is said to be a choking defense, but blocking was good. We penetrated, we scored every important moment, and our defense was good accordingly. We played for a long time, and Japan’s performance was also good.”

-Today’s match seemed serious.

“The battle against Japan is sometimes swept away with emotions, so it’s annoying. If you don’t have mind control, it’s difficult to fight against Japan. The director also talked about the distinction. I tried to do my best by taking one point at a time while doing mind control.”

– It is said that Hyesun Yeom’s goal has been changed to a medal.

“The juniors work really hard. Everyone is desperate Even if you don’t say it, everyone knows it’s important.”

– The driving force that gave me strength at the end of the day.

“I don’t think I gave up when it was 14-13 in the 5th set. The players got together and said, ‘I don’t know. Let’s do it till the end.” Blocking and defense were equal, and in the end, they scored three goals in a row. I think it was teamwork that was able to win. It was possible because we became a team.”


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