I never imagined that she would shed so many tears because she was always passionate and Ahn Se-young, who took victory for granted.
The word fighting spirit was used in this case. Ahn was the 0th favorite. However, no one could see such a dramatic game. 안전놀이터
Ahn Se-young won the gold medal in the women’s singles final of badminton, held at Binjiang Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China, on Oct. 7, beating world No. 3 Chen Yu-pei (21-18 17-21 21-8) by 2-1.
The problem was the injury. Ahn Se-young, who tried to scoop up a shuttlecock falling in front of her, felt strong knee pain and received medical treatment for a while. He finished the first set with a hard lead, but gave up the second set after a fierce battle in an incomplete physical condition.
However, in the third set of fate, Ahn Se-young played stably as if she had forgotten her knee pain, and in the end, Chun Yu-pei collapsed on her own, surprised by Ahn’s fighting spirit. It was the moment when she won the women’s singles at the Asian Games for the first time in 29 years as a Korean player while avenging Chen Yu-pei, who had repeatedly blocked her at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Ahn Se-young shed tears as the game ended.
After the award ceremony, Ahn Se-young limped into the joint coverage area (mixed zone). Ahn Se-young, who seems to still have pain, said brightly, “I’m so grateful and happy to finish well.”
As for the time of the injury, “I felt like I was out of place because my knee made a ‘tap’ sound, and it was hard because of the pain,” he said. “Fortunately, it was enough to walk.” There may be a next time, but I thought this time would not come again, so I ran firmly,” he said. “Honestly, I don’t even remember how the game ended,” he said. “I just played with the idea of staying alert without thinking.”
Regarding his revenge against Chen Yu-pei after five years, he said, “I learned a lot (in the past five years), so it was a time without regret.”
Now, Ahn’s goal is the Grand Slam (Olympics, Asian Games, Asian Championships, World Championships). Among the previous Korean players, only Kim Dong-moon (mixed doubles) and Park Joo-bong (men’s doubles) have achieved a great feat. However, Ahn Se-young, who has risen to the full extent about nine months before the Paris Olympics, has nothing rough.
Ahn Se-young’s winning rate this year is 92.6% (63 wins and 5 losses), and he has never lost to any other players except Yamaguchi, Chun Yu-pei and Tai Tzu-ying.
In particular, he succeeded in taking a pleasant revenge on Chen Yu-pei, who had repeatedly beaten him at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. On top of that, he overcame even himself limping with injuries. All that’s left for Ahn is a fight against himself, which is to let his guard down.