Lee Won-hee (42, Professor of Judo Sports Guidance at Yongin University), who returned as an active player after 15 years, won her first victory at the IJF (International Judo Federation) Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) Grand Slam.
In the first round of the men’s 73kg class held on the 24th, he won a foul victory over Belarusian Ruslan Haravachou (22nd, world ranking 126th), who competed as an ‘Individual Neutral Athletes’. This is because the opponent made a ‘diving’ action, which is prohibited in judo.
The IJF bans Russia, which invaded Ukraine, and Belarus, which helped Russia, from participating in international competitions. However, players who do not openly support war and are not related to the military are selectively given the opportunity to play as neutral players.
Lee Won-hee played for the first time since retiring after losing to Wang Ki-chun in the national team selection match in May 2008. Because of her long hiatus, she took a meaningful first step without even a world ranking. However, she was eliminated after losing half of the match to Tajikistan’s Behruji Hoja Joda (28, world number 28), whom she met in the second match. She was in the state of receiving each other’s guidance penalty, but Lee Won-hee lost her balance when she was hooked inside her with 35 seconds left in the 4-minute game. Bumping her buttock allowed her back to touch her mat, allowing her a point. Hojajoda is a silver medalist in the 81kg class of the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games. The gold medal in this weight category went to Japan’s Ken Oyoshi (world No. 63).
Lee Won-hee was a legendary judo star who won the 73kg class at the 2003 Osaka World Championships, the 2004 Athens Olympics, and the 2006 Doha Asian Games. She is evaluated as the highest level in terms of diversity and perfection of her technique among all Korean male judo players.
Last year, he announced his return to active duty, saying, “I want to give new impetus to Korean judo and send a message to the people that it can be done.” He was infected with Corona twice, and his return to practice was delayed as he took over as acting coach of the Yongin University judo team. However, he has been preparing for a comeback on his own until recently, overcoming the pain of his weight loss. He participated in this tournament at his own expense토토사이트.
In order to achieve his goal of participating in the Paris Olympics next year, he must continue to accumulate world ranking points by continuously participating in international competitions. Of course, he also has to go through the gateway of selection for the national team.
Lee Jun-hwan wins men’s 81kg silver medal
Lee Jun-hwan (21, Yongin University) won the silver medal in the men’s 81kg category. Ranked 7th in the world, he lost two halves in the final to Kenya Kohara (28, 42nd in the world) of Japan. He went wide on the opponent’s attack with 1 minute and 10 seconds left in the 4 minute match. At the end of the video review, half, not one, was declared. Afterwards, Lee Jun-hwan launched an active offensive, but was rather pressed at the last minute and gave up half again.
Kohara won the gold medal in the Grand Slam event again after winning first place in the Tokyo (Japan) Grand Slam last December. In the case of Japan, the strongest country in judo, there are many excellent athletes in each weight class, so there are not many opportunities to compete in international competitions. Since there are fewer opportunities to earn ranking points, the ranking is relatively lower than that of competitors from other countries. Lee Jun-hwan, who won the bronze medal at the World Championships (Doha, Qatar) last month, is accumulating experience in international competitions in preparation for the Asian Games in Hangzhou in September.