“I was fighting until the end,” says Taiwanese athlete who pulled off ‘skating blade miracle’ like Kim Dong-sung

October 2, 2023 | by

Kim Dong-sung’s “skate blade push” in the men’s 1000-meter short track final at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics remains a historic moment for South Korean sports fans. As Kim crossed the finish line in second place, he thrust his skate blade forward and pulled off a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Li Zhajun (China). It was a victory for a strategy that broke the rule that rankings were determined by the moment the tip of the skate blade crossed the finish line. Since then, kicking the blade across the finish line has become a basic technique for all athletes 스포츠토토.

Twenty-five years later, South Korea fell victim to the same “technique. The Korean roller skating team lost the gold medal after a last-minute error.

The Korean speed men’s team of Choi In-ho (Nonsan City Hall), Choi Kwang-ho (Daegu City Hall) and Chung Chul-won (Andong City Hall) narrowly finished second in the 3000m relay final at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at the Qiantang Rollersports Center in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, on Sunday. A split-second lapse changed the medal color.

Before the finish line, Chung Chul-won, who had a sense of victory, raised his arms in the air, and when the Chinese Taipei swimmer came in behind him, he stuck out his left foot. The team was so confident of victory that they performed a flag ceremony, but the results showed that Taiwan (4:05.692) finished ahead of Korea (4:05.702) by 0.01 seconds. There was no choice but to concede defeat. The athletes, who missed out on gold by a “mistake,” walked out of the stadium in tears.

In its review of the event, MyInfo highlighted the dramatic turnaround in the race with the headline, “Taiwan stuns South Korea with ‘miracle’ relay finish. Hwang was disqualified from the men’s speed skating 100-meter sprint final after Choi Kwang-ho and Chung Chul-won won the gold and silver medals on the first day of the event, leaving him emotionally shaken and ready to withdraw from the competition, but he pulled off a dramatic turnaround.

“Until last night, I kept telling myself, ‘I don’t want to compete today,'” Huang said. Then I looked at my old posts on social media and found courage again,” he said. He recalls crossing the finish line, “(taking a long stretch) I thought it was a shame that I’m not tall enough, but then I saw the results and realized that I won by 0.01 seconds. It was a miracle.”

“My coach always told me to stay calm and look ahead, and in the last corner, I deliberately moved to the front,” Huang Yulin said in another interview, explaining how she tried her best to fight back in the final seconds. “I knew that my opponent was already celebrating, and I wanted to say that I was still fighting when you guys were doing the ceremony, and it was only a few meters away,” he explained.

Chung was also interviewed about the circumstances of the upset. “After South Korea led for most of the game, he (Chung) waved as he crossed the finish line, convinced he and his teammates had won. When the results came in, the South Korean skaters looked on in confusion and disbelief, but Chung was later forced to apologize to his teammates and the nation for his costly mistake,” he wrote, adding, “It was only when the results came in that longtime rival Taiwan won that (Korean skating) woke up from its disrespect.


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