Voted alongside Kim Woo-min in first-ever self-selection of MVPs
“Thank you for voting for me, I'll work harder,” he vowed.
After being named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the first-ever Korean team at an Asian Games, archer Kim Woo-min (Gangwon Province) has vowed to lead the way at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
The Korean Olympic Committee announced the men's and women's MVPs for Team Korea on the morning of the closing day of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games. Kim Woo-min and Im Jae-hyun were selected. They will each receive a cash prize of 30 million won.
This is the first time that the MVPs of an Asian Games have been selected by the journalists themselves.
“There are many athletes who prepared harder than me and achieved good results, but I'm very grateful that they chose me. I will work harder in the future.”
When asked if he was expecting to be selected, he laughed and said, “I was praying a little bit,” and then replied, “I'm very honored to be selected.”
When asked about her most nerve-wracking moment at the Games, she recalled, “When I was shooting the last shot in the women's team event against China.” It was a tense moment, but the Korean archers won the gold medal thanks to her focus.
With the glory of the Asian Games behind him, Lim is heading to Paris again.
“I have to go back and try out for the national team, but if I make it (to the national team again), I'll go to Paris and try to bring home as good a result as I did at the Asian Games,” she said encouragingly.
The youngest member of the Korean women's archery team, Lim won the women's team, mixed team, and individual titles at the Games.
In the women's team event, she teamed up with Ahn An (Gwangju Women's University) and Choi Mi-sun (Gwangju Bank) to win the gold medal over host nation China. This was Korea's seventh consecutive gold medal, dating back to Bangkok 1998.
Lee Woo-seok (Kolon) topped Japan in the recurve mixed event. It was the first time Korean archery had won gold in the mixed event at an Asian Games.
In the final event of the day, the Korean archers won the individual event in a home-and-home with Ansan to complete the trifecta.
This is the first time in 37 years that South Korea has won three gold medals in archery at an Asian Games, with Yang Chang-hoon winning four and Kim Jin-ho and Park Jung-ah winning three at Seoul 1986.
Korea's archery team won four gold, four silver and three bronze medals at the Games, and for his significant contribution, Lim was named the first ever Korean Asian Games MVP.
In addition to the MVP, the Korean Sports Federation also announced badminton's Ahn Se-young (Samsung Life) as the Commitment Award winner, table tennis' Shin Yubin (Korean Air) as the Achievement Award winner, and skateboarding's Moon Kang-ho (Gangwon Rollersports Federation) and swimming's Lee Eun-ji (Bangsango) as the Inspiration Award winners.
The winners of the Commitment and Achievement Awards will receive 20 million won each, while the winners of the Encouragement Award will receive 10 million won. 토토사이트