The South Korean men’s volleyball team, led by head coach Lim Do-heon, defeated Bahrain to advance to the 7th-10th place match at the Asian Games.
South Korea defeated Bahrain 3-1 (25-18, 25-21, 19-25, 25-23) in the men’s volleyball 7th-12th place match at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at the Linping Sports Center Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China on Thursday.
After a disappointing performance in their previous matches, Korea showed a different side in this match. They easily won the first and second sets, dropped the third set, and fought back to win the fourth set. Lim Dong-hyuk led the offense with 12 points, while Na Gung-bok and Jeon Kwang-in both had 10 points apiece. Jeong Jung-yong (9 points), Heo Soo-bong (8 points), and Kim Kyu-min (8 points) also chipped in.
South Korea tasted disgrace at the Asian Games, failing to win a medal before the competition even began. After losing to India (ranked 73rd in the world) in straight sets 2-3 (7-25 27-29 22-25 25-20 15-17) in the first round of the group stage, the Koreans swept aside Cambodia (unranked) in straight sets 3-0 (25-23 25-13 25-15) in the second round to advance to the round of 12 tournament.
However, Korea was the victim of another upset. They suffered a 0-3 (19-25 22-25 21-25) shutout loss to Pakistan (ranked 51st in the world), their first opponent in the Round of 12. Korea, ranked 27th in the world, suffered the humiliation of losing back-to-back matches to India and Pakistan, two teams that are far apart in the world rankings.
It has been 61 years since Korea’s men’s volleyball team failed to win a medal at the Asian Games since the 1962 Jakarta edition. South Korea has been a dominant force at the Asian Games, winning 14 consecutive medals from a silver in Bangkok in 1966 to a silver in Jakarta-Palembang in 2018. They also won gold in Bangkok in 1978, Busan in 2002, and Doha in 2006. However, after winning silver at the last edition, South Korea crashed out of the tournament before it even started.온라인카지노
After an embarrassing defeat of Bahrain in the 7th-12th place match, South Korea will play Thailand (ranked 71st in the world), coached by Park Ki-won, in the 7th-10th place match on Friday at the China Textile City Sports Center Gymnasium in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province, China. With a win, Korea will advance to the 7th-8th place match, while a loss will drop them to the 9th-10th place match.
Meanwhile, the South Korean women’s volleyball team, coached by Cesar Hernandez, lost to Slovenia 0-3 (13-25 20-25 23-25) in the final match of Group C of the Paris 2024 Olympic Qualification Tournament in Łódź, Poland, on Sept. 24 (KST).
The Korean Women’s National Team will now head to Hangzhou, China, to conclude their Olympic Qualification campaign with an undefeated 7-0 record. At the Asian Games, the Korean women were drawn in Group C alongside Nepal and Vietnam.