Ha Ji-min, Who Failed to Win 4 Times in a Row [sports]

[Asian Games] ‘Yachting Legend’ Ha Ji-min, Who Failed to Win 4 Times in a Row, Also has ‘Parenting’ as her Next Task

“A record like 4 consecutive losses is not important… It’s time to find a way to balance yachting and family.”

Regarding the “bad luck” of no wind on the final day, “I was in a good state of fighting ability, but it’s disappointing.”

“Four consecutive wins is a record.

Setting a record like this is not important to me.” 카지노

Ha Ji-min (Haeundae-gu Office), a ‘living legend’ of Korean yachting, has three gold medals won at the Asian Games.

If they had brought home the gold medal at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games, they could have achieved the feat of winning four consecutive games, starting with the 2010 Guangzhou Games.

However, Ha Ji-min's final medal color at this competition was silver.

Ha Ji-min said in a phone call with Yonhap News on the 28th, "The media may be very interested in the record, but it is not important to me.

It is important to demonstrate my skills and show how much I have prepared.

“I don’t attach any meaning to the other parts,” he said, adding, “We were unable to achieve four consecutive wins.

But I think I showed as much as I prepared and my skills,” he said.

“Everyone’s skills improved that much.”

I accept it humbly.

“I was satisfied,” he said with a smile.

Ha Ji-min has been sailing the seas of China from the Xiangshan Sailing Center in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, since the 21st.

The men's laser sailing event in which Ha Ji-min participated was held 11 times from that day to the 26th.

And he planned to determine the final ranking after finishing the last race (medal race) on the 27th.

However, the wind was not blowing around the stadium so unexpectedly that the final race was canceled.

Yachts are ranked by assigning penalty points for each race and then comparing them.

The lower it is, the higher the ranking.

First place receives 1 point, second place receives 2 points, and so on, and the final race receives double points.

Ha Ji-min received a total of 33 penalty points in the 11 races from the 21st to the 26th.

The gap with first place Ryan Lo of Singapore (26 points) was 7 points.

It's a low probability, but if Ha Ji-min took first place in the final race with double penalty points and Ryan Law fell to fifth place, there could have been a dramatic turn of events.

Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate, and the final ranking for the men's laser event was based on the results of the previous 11 races.

Ha Ji-min, who said she was satisfied with the results of the competition, including the loss of four consecutive losses and a silver medal, could not hide her disappointment at the loss of the opportunity to exert her final strength.

Ha Ji-min said, “The game was canceled... that’s really unfortunate.”

He added, “No matter what the outcome is, the more games you play, the more fun it is.

Having the opportunity itself is fun,” and added, “I also just happened to have improved my fighting skills, so it was worth the challenge, but I’m disappointed.”

The possibility of a four-game losing streak has disappeared, but will we see Ha Ji-min win her fourth gold medal in the next Asian Games?

Ha Ji-min's answer was negative.

Age is not an issue as he was born in 1989 and will turn 39 in 4 years.

Compared to other sports, sailing can be enjoyed regardless of age.

Ha Ji-min plans to focus on raising children for the time being.

He has a three-year-old daughter.

Ha Ji-min laughed and said, “Now I have to raise children,” and “I have to find a way to be compatible with my family.”

He said, "I don't know what I'll do about next year's Paris Olympics, but I feel like it won't be easy to participate in major international competitions for a while.

Sailing athletes are often away from home, so it's time to protect their families." He explained.

However, Ha Ji-min continues to harbor dreams and a desire to improve as a yachtsman.

Ha Ji-min said, "You might think that it's disappointing that someone who only won a gold medal won a silver medal, but there's nothing like that.

I just want to improve further," and added, "That's exactly what I felt through this competition.

If I learn and train more, I can get better and grow."

“I was happy to feel it,” he said.

Ha Ji-min, who has been at the forefront of Korean yachting for over 10 years, welcomed the appearance of a junior who stood out.

Although the events are different, Cho Won-woo (Haeundae-gu Office, Windsurfing RS:X) maintained the pride of Korean sailing by winning a gold medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games.

He took first place in all but one of the 12 races, confirming his victory a day earlier than the final race day.

Ha Ji-min encouraged him, saying, "Wonwoo will also receive military service benefits through this gold medal.

He is young and in a position where he can challenge himself even to the Olympics."

At the same time, he said, "I hope that I will work harder.

I hope that I will work hard to achieve satisfactory performance so that I can win a medal in sailing at the Olympics."

Ha Ji-min is also an 'Olympic veteran' who has competed in the Olympic Games four times in a row, starting with the 2008 Beijing Games and ending with the 2020 Tokyo Games held in 2021.

His best result was 7th place at the Tokyo Olympics. Ha Ji-min is the first Korean yachtsman to be ranked in the top 10 at the Olympics.
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