S Korean athletes pledge gold medals at Asian Games

08:30, October 13, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

South Korean athletes in the National Training Center, also known as the Taeneung Athletes' Village, opened to the media on Tuesday, pledged gold medals at the upcoming Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

The Taeneung training center, located in the northeastern part of Seoul, provided a glimpse into how athletes are preparing for the Asia's largest sports event slated for November 12-27.

Training facilities for 20 different sports, including athletics, swimming, gymnastics, archery and taekwondo are spread over the 100,000 square-meter site.

Training sessions for athletes of table tennis, taekwondo, gymnastics, wrestling, rhythmic gymnastics, billiards, basketball and women's judo were unveiled to the media for two hours in the afternoon.

With South Korea's goal of securing a second-place finish between China and Japan at the Asian Games, athletes aim to earn at least 65 gold medals by demonstrating their best performances and mental toughness.

Four years ago in Doha, Qatar, South Korea finished second on the medals table, behind China, with 58 gold medals, while Japan finished third with 50 golds.

"If we can gain 65 golds in Guangzhou, then we have a better opportunity to secure a second-place finish," Kim In-kun, the head of the Taeneung Training Centre told Xinhua in a recent interview.

South Korea expects to win at least 12 golds in taekwondo, its traditional superiority project, and to gain no less than 5 golds in shooting and judo.

This time, South Korea sends 1,013 athletes in 41 sports to China.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:李牧(实习))

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion