South Korean handball standout Ryu Eun-hee (Gyorgy, Hungary) couldn’t hide her disappointment at her country’s silver medal finish at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games.
South Korea lost 19-29 to Japan in the women’s handball final at Zhejiang Gongsang University Gymnasium in Hangzhou, East China’s Zhejiang Province, on Friday.
The Koreans won the final Asian qualifier for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games by one goal in Japan in August, so they were expected to be favored in the match, but lost by 10 goals.
South Korean women’s handball has only won gold at the Asian Games twice before, in Guangzhou in 2010 and here.
Ryu Eun-hee, who was the youngest member of the team in Guangzhou in 2010, was the most experienced player this time around, but she was unable to fulfill her goal of winning a third consecutive gold medal.
“I made a lot of mistakes,” Liu said in a post-match interview, adding, “The players knew the importance of this match, and I’m upset because I feel like I’ve broken my older sisters’ achievements.”
“We conceded a lot of goals early on, so I think the players’ confidence dropped and they put each other off,” he said. “We lost the game from the start, and we often missed easy chances,” he added.
He also blamed bad luck, saying, “We had a lot of shots that hit the post or were blocked by the opponent’s goalkeeper.”
Japan’s goalkeeper, Atsuko Baba, had a staggering 55% save percentage on the day, stopping 17 of 31 shots.
“It’s true that Japan’s power came up a lot,” Ryu Eun-hee said, adding that the Japanese players played a good cooperative defense and blocked the path of our ball well.
“It hasn’t been easy to play against Japan lately,” said Ryu Eun-hee, who recalled overturning early deficits in both the Asian Championships last November and the Olympic qualifiers in August, “but we overcame a five- or six-goal deficit with a lot of backbone, and today there was a lot of pressure to win.” 토토사이트