Koo Bon-gil, the oldest member of the Sabres, said, “Giving the gold medal for the second child to be born

May 28, 2024 | by

“The individual ‘Dark Horse’ is Koo Bon-gil.”

Won Won-young, coach of the men’s sabre team, who attended the fencing national team’s 2024 Paris Olympics media day held at Jincheon National Training Center in North Chungcheong Province on the 27th, was asked to select a player expected in the individual event.

Koo Bon-gil (35, Korea Sports Promotion Agency) won three consecutive individual competitions at the Asian Games from Guangzhou in 2010 to Jakarta and Palembang in 2018, and won a silver medal following his junior Oh Sang-wook (Daejeon Metropolitan City Hall) at the Hangzhou Asian Games last year, making his name a strong player on the Asian stage.

Having ranked No. 1 in the individual world rankings, he had led Korea to achieve two consecutive team events (excluding the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics) at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, but he always left a regret in individual events.
At the 2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, he was eliminated from the round of 16, and at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, he had to turn around after losing in the round of 32.

Two months before the Paris Olympics, Koo Bon-gil’s personal world ranking is 21st, the third among Korean athletes.

Nevertheless, coach Won Woo-young, who chose Koo as his favorite for the individual competition, said, “Since Koo has so much experience, he will be able to play stably. I think he will be able to win a medal in the individual competition.”

“When I was preparing for the Olympics since London, I promised reporters that my goal was to win individual medals regardless of color, but I couldn’t keep it,” Koo Bon-gil said. “I will do my best to win individual medals this time. That’s the ‘dark horse’.”

In the team event, the goal is to win three consecutive games after London and Tokyo.

Kim Jung-hwan (40, Korea Sports Promotion Foundation), who has been a supporter of the national team for a long time, will be excluded from the team event this season, while Koo Bon-gil is leading the Olympic challenge as the eldest brother.

The fact that his wife Park Eun-joo is about to give birth to her second child this summer, along with the meaning that the stronghold of “world No. 1” is the top of the men’s sabre team, which has been somewhat shaken at recent international competitions, further increases Koo Bon-gil’s motivation to bring the gold medal.

“The scheduled date coincides with the Olympic fencing match period,” Koo Bon-gil said. “I gave the team gold medal to Woo-ju, my first born in March last year, and I want to give the team gold to my second child as well. I will do my best to become a proud father to my two children.”

“While I’m preparing for the Olympics, my wife is pregnant with her second child and I have a hard time raising her alone,” he said, stressing, “I really want to give her a gold medal.”

The men’s sabre team suffered a generational shift just before the Olympics due to Kim Jun-ho’s retirement from the national team, after Koo Bon-gil, Oh Sang-wook, Kim Jung-hwan, and Kim Jun-ho (Hwaseong City Hall) worked together for a long time to achieve brilliant results, including Olympic gold medals.

Park Sang-won (Daejeon Metropolitan City Hall) and Dogyeong-dong (National Sports Unit) joined Koo Bon-gil and Oh Sang-wook to form a new “Appeals.”

Park Sang-won, the 23-year-old youngest member of the national team, said, “I started fencing when I saw Bon-gil at the London Olympics, and it was amazing to come to the national team and be with him. When I saw him, he seemed silent and blunt, but he talked a lot and it was fun to see him,” adding, “He is a really good senior.”

Do Kyung-dong said, “There is a lot to learn from my brother, who has been a player since the London Olympics until now,” adding, “He teaches me a lot of experience.”

Koo Bon-gil said, “There seems to be a big age gap with my juniors, but I don’t feel there’s that much difference in being close. The teamwork is good,” adding, “I will do my best to help Korea bring both the men’s sabre individual and team gold medals.” 토토사이트

“These days, I exercise early in the morning about twice a week, and I do weight training, physical training, and technical and tactical training evenly,” Koo Bon-gil, who hinted, reiterated his commitment to the Olympics, saying, “I personally take psychological counseling and try to prepare for mental management.”


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