The Korean men’s artistic gymnastics team’s streak of consecutive medals at the Asian Games came to an end at nine.
The Korean men’s artistic gymnastics team of Shin Jae-hwan (Jecheon City Hall), Kim Han-sol (Seoul City Hall), Bae Bae-ram (Incheon City Hall), Yoon Jin-sung and Jeon Yoseop (Suwon City Hall) earned a total of 244.495 points in the six events of the men’s artistic gymnastics team competition at the 19th Hangzhou Asian Games at the Huanglong Sports Center Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China on Thursday.
China (262.025 points), Japan (258.628 points) and Chinese Taipei (244.760 points) took the three podium spots, pushing South Korea to fourth place.
South Korea has won nine consecutive medals at the Games, starting with a silver in Seoul 1986 and a bronze in Jakarta-Palembang 2018.
But this time around, when it sent its first team to the World Championships, it finished fourth behind Chinese Taipei.
With the Asian Games postponed by a year due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Korean Gymnastics Federation sent its first team to the World Championships, which qualified the team for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Instead, the team sent a second team to the Asian Games, employing a bucket strategy in hopes of medaling in individual events.
North Korea, returning to international competition after a five-year absence, finished ninth in the team event (188.928 points).
Yun Jin-sung and Bae Ga-ram (all-around), Kim Han-sol (floor exercise), Jeon Yosub (massage) and Shin Jae-hwan (vault) advanced to the individual all-around final, which is based on team performance.
Kim, the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang gold medalist on floor exercise, will try to win his second consecutive gold medal, while Shin, the Tokyo 2020 vault winner, will try to win his first Asian Games gold. 파워볼분석