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Tokyo 2020: S. Korea in contention for gold in fencing and taekwondo on Tuesday Updated: 2021-07-27 17:10:08 KST

Seong-woo, it was another action-packed day at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
We haven't seen South Korea win any gold medals yet on Tuesday but one might be coming soon in fencing.
Seong-woo, give us the latest on how Team Korea has been performing.

Conn-young, we have to start off with the women's epee fencing.
Nine years after winning silver in the 2012 London Olympics, the South Korean women's epee team have made it to the finals again, meaning a possible gold medal for them tonight.
In the semifinal this afternoon, Song Se-ra, Choi In-jeong and Kang Young-mi beat the world's top-ranked team, China, 39 to 28.
They'll be facing Estonia for gold this evening at seven thirty, Korean time.

Also advancing to the final with at least a silver medal in the bag is taekwondo's Lee Da-bin who dramatically beat Bianca Walkden of Great Britain with a buzzer-beater kick to the head in the semifinals of the women's plus 67 kilogram weight class.
Winning the gold medal at 9:30 tonight would give her the grand slam of Taekwondo titles having already won the World Championship in 2019 and the Asian Games in 2018.

And I know Hwang Sun-woo didn't win a medal in the 200 meter freestyle final this morning but it's worth noting he's the first South Korean swimmer since Park Tae-hwan in 2012 to have made it to an Olympic final.
He started strong today in the 200 meters, but failed to replicate his success in the heats where he set a new national record
Time's on Hwang's side though he's only 18 so he should be hitting his peak in three years' time in Paris.
And don't forget he still has the one hundred meter and the fifty meter freestyles left.
Hwang will also be competing in the four-by-200 meter freestyle relay heats later this evening.


Moving on to shooting
He did his best, but four-time Olympic champion Jin Jong-oh, for the first time since 2004, failed to win a gold medal getting eliminated in the first qualification round of the mixed team ten meter air pistol event.
Tokyo 2020 was Jin's chance to become the undisputed, most decorated South Korean Olympian of all-time.
A podium finish would've put him ahead of women's archery legend Kim Soo-nyung who's tied for the most medals won.
The marksman doesn't plan to retire yet, but even if he does, his name is already etched into Olympic history.

Meanwhile, archery's Kim Je-deok, who's already won two gold medals, also suffered a shock loss today in the men's individual contest round of 32.
When I interviewed him back in January, he told me that his dream was to win all three gold medals available the triple crown.
He's one gold short this time around but at only seventeen years old, the future only holds bright things ahead.
Not to fear though, South Korea still has Oh Jin-hyek and Kim Woo-jin left to bring home gold.
They'll be competing in the days ahead starting with Kim tomorrow
There are concerns that the tropical storm approaching Japan will have a negative impact on Team Korea's performance.
Some archery matches have been delayed but having trained for any possible situation, Korean archers remain confident, even saying bad weather is nothing new.

What a feat it'll be if Team Korea sweeps all five of the events. We also have to discuss the women's triathlon early this morning, Seong-woo. I'm aware there's quite some buzz behind the winner's triumph.

Very true. Flora Duffy of Bermuda instantly became a national hero by taking home gold her country's first-ever gold medal at the Olympics.
The last and only other medal Bermuda ever won came 45 years ago in Montreal where Clarence Hill claimed the men's boxing heavyweight bronze medal.
With Duffy's triumph, Bermuda has also become the smallest country by population to win a Summer Olympic gold medal.
Her historic victory comes amid a worrying trend though
The scorching heatwave in Japan made more than one triathlete collapse or vomit after touching the finish line in the men's event on Monday.

Very unfortunate. Let's hope Tokyo's weather won't be too bad as the days progress. And what are some key events to look out for this evening?

There's a few but definitely tune in for the women's team final in artistic gymnastics.
That's set to begin in just half an hour at the Ariake Gymnastics Center in Tokyo.
With arguably the greatest gymnast of all-time Simone Biles leading the chase, the U.S. is aiming to claim gold in the event for the THIRD Olympics in a row after a rare rough start in the qualifiers, finishing second behind the Russian Olympic Committee.
It'll be quite an upset if Team USA fails to come out on top.

Alright, thank you for that Seong-woo.
We'll see you again tomorrow.

Thank you.
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