Wrestling’s Kim Min-seok wins bronze in 130kg Greco-Roman…second straight AG title
South Korean wrestling’s top-ranked men’s Greco-Roman wrestler Kim Min-seok (30-Suwon City Hall) won his second consecutive Asian Games bronze medal.
Kim defeated India’s Naveen 5-1 in the men’s Greco-Roman 130 kg bronze medal match at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games on Friday at the Lin’an Sports and Cultural Exhibition Center in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.
Trailing 0-1 with 2:22 left in the second period, Kim scored a point on an opponent’s foul to tie the score at 1-1, then scored four more points on back-to-back side rolls on a parter opportunity for a 5-1 victory.
Kim became the first Asian athlete to win a bronze medal in the heavyweight category at the 2018 World Championships 메이저사이트.
He won bronze at the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games in the same year, followed by silver medals at the 2020 and 2022 Asian Championships. At the Asian Games, he was expected to be a gold medal favorite, but lost to China’s Meng Lingjie in the semifinals to settle for bronze.
“I think my dad will be happy,” Kim said after winning the bronze medal, “He hasn’t been feeling well lately, and I think I’ve given him a little bit of joy.” “I wanted to win a gold medal to wear around my neck, and I was worried that I wouldn’t have a medal to give to my father, but I’m glad that I won even a bronze,” he said, adding, “I will definitely bring a gold medal to Paris 2024 next year and give it to my father.”
Earlier in the day, Lee Sae-yeol (33, Korea Mint) failed to win a medal in the men’s Greco-Roman 97-kilogram category, falling 3-4 in the bronze medal match against Takahiro Tsuruda of Japan. Lee held a 3-1 lead going into the final period, but a dubious foul call cost him two points and a failed challenge cost him another.
In the women’s 50kg freestyle, Kapan Chun Mi-ran (24-Samsung Life Insurance) also failed to win a medal after losing 0-9 in the bronze medal match against Zhang Zhu (China) by technical fall in the second period.