S Korean athletes pledge gold medals at Asian Games

08:30, October 13, 2010      

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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


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