“Everyone around me is saying triple gold, triple gold, but I’m only looking at the qualifiers.” These are the words of An An (Gwangju Women’s University), a ‘newcomer’ to the Asian Games Hangzhou 2022. Having won the first ever triple gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and having been selected for the national team every year since, An is one of the biggest stars in Korean archery. Many fans are hoping he can repeat the feat at the Hangzhou Asian Games, which are just 20 days away. But when we met at Seoul’s Mokdong Sports Complex, the site of the Hyundai Jeong Mong Goobae Korea Archery Championships on Nov. 31, An shrugged off the idea of a triple crown. “Before I competed in Tokyo, and even now, I never had a goal of winning the triple,” Ahn said. “In sports, you don’t know until it’s over. Right now, I’m just focusing on the qualifiers,” he said emphatically. It’s not all about humility. For the Tai Chi archers, the Asian Games is really a war, starting with the qualifiers. Unlike the Olympics, where three men and three women compete in the individual and team events, the Asian Games has four athletes, with two competing in the individual event and three competing in the team event. In mixed events, only one male and one female athlete are paired together. Other countries usually allocate events so that all four men and women on the roster can compete for a medal. But Korean archery is different. Only the athletes with the highest ‘medal potential’ are given a place. The athlete with the best performance in the first day’s qualification (ranking round) will compete in the individual, team, and mixed events. The second-place finisher will compete in the individual and team events, and the third-place finisher will compete in the team event only. The Korean Archery Federation (KAF) will use the same method to allocate spots for each event. As a result, the athlete who shoots the lowest score in the qualification round will not have a chance to medal. He will have to watch his three teammates compete for a medal in Hangzhou. With a “piece of paper” difference in the quality of the athletes, it’s not out of the question that Anshan could end up in the “unlucky fourth place”. “I’m going to focus on the qualifiers first because I need to do well in the qualifiers to get into the main event. Regardless of the expectations around me, I will only look at the qualifiers,” he reiterated. Despite the pressure of qualifying, she is excited to compete in her first Asian Games. “I’m looking forward to it, but I’m also very determined. “The Asian Games is a more competitive competition than the Olympic Games,” he said, “and I want to show a good performance as the Asian Games is a competition that receives a lot of public attention just like the Olympic Games. “I think I’ve matured a lot in the two years since Tokyo by competing in many international competitions. I’m able to understand my opponents’ game operations and characteristics. All of this is competitiveness,” he said, adding, “At the Olympics, I went to the competition without knowing anything, but this time, I will do my best to prepare for the premiere as there are great expectations.” For Ansan, the tournament was a preview of the fierce “internal competition” at the Asian Games. Ansan suffered an early exit in the round of 64 on the first day, 카지노사이트 losing to Hwang Jae-min (Changwon City Hall) 4-6.

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