The first Olympic medalist in Korean modern pentathlon history,
the first to win the individual event twice at the Asian Games.
The 2021 Tokyo Olympics was a competition in which the name ‘Modern Pentathlon’
was newly engraved in Korean sports history.
Jeon Woong-tae (28, Gwangju Metropolitan City Hall) won a bronze medal in the men’s individual event and stood on the podium for the first time in the 57-year history of Korean modern pentathlon participation in the Olympics.
Modern pentathlon, in which one athlete must do all of fencing, swimming, horseback riding, track and field, and shooting,
is a Western-born sport and has been virtually dominated by Europe.
While Korea was showing its presence on the international stage,
Jeon Woong-tae became Asia’s second Olympic medalist. 바카라사이트
Until then, Cao Zhongrong’s (China) silver medal in the men’s individual event at the 2012 London Games
was Asia’s only Olympic modern pentathlon medal,
Jeon Woong-tae took over the baton and announced that he was ‘the strongest in Asia.’
Jeon Woong-tae’s victory at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games
played a big role in boosting his confidence toward his first Olympic medal.
At the Jakarta Asian Games, where only the individual competition was held,
Jeon Woong-tae won the championship, beating teammate Lee Ji-hoon (LH),
giving Korea the first Asian Games individual gold medal in 16 years since Kim Mi-seop at the 2002 Busan Games.
Jeon Woong-tae, who distinguished himself by winning the championship and runner-up once
at the International Union of Modern Pentathlon (UIPM) World Cup that year,
coming in second place in the World Cup finals,
topped the list with a gold medal at the Asian Games and even won the best athlete award at the UIPM annual awards ceremony.
As he ended 2018, he was ranked number 1 in the world and also received a separate award for this category.
In 2019, he succeeded in winning an individual event (bronze medal) at the World Championships for the first time,
later maintained his skills despite variables such as the suspension of international competitions
in the aftermath of the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19), and achieved the valuable result of an Olympic medal.
Jeon Woong-tae, who took the lead in promoting the sport of ‘modern pentathlon’,
which is still unfamiliar to Korea, with his bronze medal win at the Tokyo Olympics,
set a new record for ‘highest score ever’ at the 3rd World Cup last year,
is gaining momentum by winning the World Cup Finals continued.
He was preparing for the Hangzhou Asian Games with peak skills,
but as the competition was postponed for a year due to COVID-19, Jeon Woong-tae had to wait even more.
Jeon Woong-tae dreams of becoming a protagonist in history again at the Asian Games,
which is held again after five years.
In the modern pentathlon at the Asian Games, there has never been an athlete
who has not only achieved two consecutive individual wins, but also won the championship twice.
He has not won more than two gold medals in a single competition.
Korean athletes include Kim Mi-seop, who swept the men’s individual event, team event,
relay at the 2002 Busan Games, and Do-ryeong Han, who participated in the team event and relay at the time.
Among the foreign players are Lada Zyanbalanova (Kazakhstan), winner of the women’s individual and team event at the Busan Games,
Miao Yihua (China), winner of the women’s individual and team event at the 2010 Guangzhou Games,
Guo Jianli (China), gold medalist in the men’s individual and team event at the 2014 Incheon Games.
If Jeon Woong-tae achieves his second consecutive individual victory at the Hangzhou Games and sweeps the team event,
which was revived for the first time in nine years, he will be ranked among the ‘all-time best’ at the Asian Games.
At the World Championships last month, ahead of the current Asian Games,
he teamed up with Kim Seon-woo (Gyeonggi Provincial Office) to win a silver medal in the mixed relay and won a bronze medal
in the men’s team event with Jeong Jin-hwa (LH) and Lee Ji-hoon,
but failed to place in the individual event, finishing in 6th place.
The top three individual contestants at this year’s World Championships
were given the right to participate in next year’s Paris Olympics,
so it had considerable significance along with the ‘Asian Games prelude,’
but it was a disappointing result for Jeon Woong-tae that he was unable to stand on the podium in the individual contest.
When he returned to Korea after the World Championships, he said, “It was a bitter competition for me.
I think I need to prepare a special move that can definitely win the laser run (track and field + shooting),”
firmly pledged to bring home a gold medal at the Asian Games. did.
Jeon Woong-tae will begin the Asian Games with the fencing ranking round on the 20th,
advance to the semifinals on the 22nd, and in the finals on the 24th, the color of the medals for both individual and team competitions will be decided.