Para-swimmer Choi Ji-sung (28, Busan Para-Athletic Association), who has a brain lesion, won his seventh career Para-Asian Games medal in silver.
Choi touched the touchpad in 1:30.03 in the men’s 100-meter freestyle final at the Hangzhou ParaAsian Games 2022 on Thursday at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Swimming Pool in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China. He was second, 5.07 seconds behind first-place finisher Takayuki Suzuki (JPN – 1:24.96). This is the seventh medal of her career at the Para Asian Games. After winning one gold, one silver and one bronze medal at Incheon 2014, Choi won three silver medals at Indonesia 2018.
“I’m disappointed because I was aiming for gold,” said Choi Ji-sung, “but I’m happy with my season’s best, which was 1:31.” The final was moved to the morning due to organizers.
After being informed of the schedule change the previous evening, Ji-Sung Choi opted to compete in the 100-meter final instead of the 200-meter freestyle preliminaries at the same time. Choi will go for gold in the 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter backstroke on Saturday.
Choi made his international debut at the 2014 Incheon Para Asian Games and became the first South Korean athlete to win a Paralympic triple at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, winning the 50-meter, 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle events. At the World Championships in August, she switched to the breaststroke and won gold.
Swimmer Lim Eun-young (23, Kyunggi Para Sports) finished fourth in the women’s 100-meter backstroke final in 1:32.65. “I tried not to cry,” said Lim, who burst into tears, “but I couldn’t win a medal in front of my family,” she said. Choi Ji-sung came over to comfort her. Lim will compete in four more events: the 100-meter butterfly, the team and medley relay, and the 50-meter freestyle.
The Korean men’s wheelchair fencing team defeated India 45-29 in the bronze medal match of the sabre team event. Kim Gun-wan (48, Chungnam Disabled Fencing Association), Ryu Eun-hwan (32, Lotte Holdings), Lee Jin-sol (30, Kolon FNC) and Choi Gun-woo (22, Gwangju Disabled Fencing Association) earned Korea’s first medal of the Games. The women’s wheelchair fencing team 토토사이트 of Kwon Hyo-kyung (22-Hongseong County Office), Baek Kyung-hye (23-KEPCO KDN), Cho Eun-hye (38-SK EcoPlant) and Cho Ye-jin (20-Colon FNC) lost 20-45 to Thailand in the bronze medal match of the flechette team event.
Shooting Lee Chul-jae (31-Chungbuk Disabled Shooting Federation) competed in the mixed SH2 R9 (50m air rifle prone) with his wife Kang Hye-young, who is a loader, and won bronze with a total of 228.7 points. It was their first medal in their first time competing. Lee has a cervical spine disability and has a loader who loads live ammunition for him.