TAEKWONDO’S LEE DA-BIN CHOKES BACK TEARS “THE PROBLEM IS WITH ME”

After falling short in the final of the women’s taekwondo competition at the Hangzhou Asian Games, Lee Da-bin (Seoul Metropolitan Government) choked back tears and blamed herself for her poor performance. Lee lost to China’s Zhou Zhiqi 1-2 (9-8 2-9 8-21) in the final of the tournament at the Lin’an Sports Culture and Exhibition Center in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China on Monday to take home the silver medal .Speaking to the media at the joint press area after the match, Lee said, “I’m very disappointed. I think I played a good match against a strong opponent, but there are a lot of things I’m disappointed with,” she said, “So I’m very frustrated and uncomfortable with myself. “As she struggled to hold back tears, she said, “My opponent fought well, too, and I think that’s why I lost, because I couldn’t do better. I think I need to work on that.” “I’ve been preparing the best I can because I’ve been injured,” said Idabin. I think my opponent analysis was really good,” he said, “In the first round, I did the opposite of my usual stance and pressured him. I tried to use my fists and close combat to score points and take the initiative, and it worked.” “However, in the second and third rounds, I was disappointed that the flow of the fight continued in that way, as the (electronic) helmet is an automatic sensor, so even if there is no direct hit, it reacts to the resistance alone,” he said. However, he added, “If that was his strategy, it was a really good strategy. If I had reacted more perfectly, I wouldn’t have been in that situation,” he said, adding, “Maybe the problem is with me.”Idabin admitted that he was unable to focus on the tournament due to a foot injury.”I was able to train about three days before I left (for China), and I couldn’t kick my left foot at all, so I’m a little disappointed in that aspect,” he said. Had she won the match, Idabin would have become the first athlete to win three consecutive Asian Games titles since the 1998 Bangkok Games, when the women’s individual taekwondo event was introduced .The winner of the 2014 Incheon (62kg) and 2018 Jakarta-Palembang (67kg+) titles, Idabin attempted to become the first woman to win three consecutive Asian Games titles in the taekwondo category, but fell just short. Currently, only Lee Dae-hoon, a former Korean taekwondo star, holds the record for the most consecutive Asian Games titles for both men and women .When asked if she felt overwhelmed by the prospect of trying to win three consecutive titles, Idabin said, “I thought it would be a lot of pressure, but it wasn’t. There was a lot of talk around me, but I didn’t focus on losing three in a 토토사이트 row, I just prepared to win this tournament, so I didn’t feel shaken.”

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