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Korea’s gold medal-winning women’s short track relay team provided one of the highlights of PyeongChang 2018. © Yonhap

Olympic Games News

Korea misses top-four target but beats overall medal record

Date : 25 Feb 2018

PyeongChang, Korea, February 25, 2018: Host nation Korea had mixed feelings about the performance of its athletes when the Olympic Winter Games came to a close on Sunday. Korea won a record 17 medals, beating its previous best medal haul for a Winter Olympics of 14 at Vancouver 2010. Five of those medals were gold, comprised of three on the short track, one on the speed skating long track and one at skeleton. Korea finished in seventh place in the final medal table.

Korea sent its largest Winter Olympics delegation ever, with 144 athletes competing in all 15 sports, and set out to grab at least eight gold, four silver and eight bronze medals for a top-four finish. Even though they fell short of this ambitious target, they broke their total medals haul comfortably. Japan’s aim coming into the games was to win more medals than they won at Sochi 2014 – eight, with one gold medal.

They more than lived up to expectations by winning 13 total medals – four gold, five silver and four bronze, which is three more than the 10 (5-1-4) they won when hosting the Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998. Japan finished in 11th place.

China, on the other hand, had only one gold medal, on the last day of short track, and know they must improve all around before they host the next Winter Olympics in 2022. With six silver medals and two bronze to support the solitary gold, China’s total of nine earned them 16th place. Here is the list of medals won by Asian NOCs (in alphabetical order)

CHINA

Gold
Wu Dajing, Short Track Speed Skating, Men’s 500m, February 22

Silver
Liu Jiayu, Snowboard, Ladies’ Halfpipe, February 13
Sui Wenjing/Han Cong, Figure Skating, Pairs, February 15
Zhang Xin, Freestyle Skiing, Ladies’ Aerials, February 16
Li Jinyu, Short Track Speed Skating, Ladies’ 1,500m, February 17
Jia Zongyang, Freestyle Skiing, Men’s Aerials, February 18
Men’s 5,000m Relay (Wu Dajing, Han Tianyu, Xu Hongzhi, Chen Dequan), Short Track Speed Skating, February 22

Bronze
Kong Fanyu, Freestyle Skiing, Ladies’ Aerials, February 16
Gao Tingyu, Speed Skating, Men’s 500m, February 19,

JAPAN

Gold
Yuzuru Hanyu, Figure Skating, Men’s Single, February 17
Nao Kodaira, Speed Skating, Ladies’ 500m, February 18
Ladies’ Team Pursuit (Miho Takagi, Ayaka Kikuchi, Ayano Sato, Nana Takagi), Speed Skating, February 21
Nana Takagi, Speed Skating, Ladies’ Mass Start, February 24

Silver
Miho Takagi, Speed Skating, Ladies’ 1,500m, February 12
Ayumu Hirano, Snowboard, Men’s Halfpipe, February 14
Nao Kodaira, Speed Skating, Ladies’ 1,000m, February 14
Akito Watabe, Nordic Combined, Individual Gundersen NH/10km, February 14
Shoma Uno, Figure Skating, Men’s Single, February 17

Bronze
Daichi Hara, Freestyle Skiing, Men’s Moguls, February 12
Sara Takanashi, Ski Jumping, Ladies’ Normal Hill Individual, February 12
Miho Takagi, Speed Skating, Ladies’ 1,000m, February 14
Women’s Curling (Satsuki Fujisawa, Chinami Yoshida, Yumi Suzuki, Yurika Yoshida, Mari Motohashi), February 24
 
KAZAKHSTAN

Bronze
Yulia Galysheva, Freestyle Skiing, Ladies’ Moguls, February 11.
 
KOREA

Gold
Lim Hyo-jun, Short Track Speed Skating, Men’s 1,500m, February 10
Yun Sung-bin, Men’s Skeleton, February 16
Choi Min-jeong, Short Track Speed Skating, Ladies’ 1,500m, February 17
Ladies’ 3,000m relay (Choi Min-jeong, Kim A-lang, Shim Suk-hee, Kim Ye-jin, Lee Yu-bin), Short Track Speed Skating, February 20.
Lee Seung-hoon, Speed Skating, Men’s Mass Start, February 24

Silver
Lee Sang-hwa, Speed Skating, Ladies’ 500m, February 18
Cha Min-kyu, Speed Skating, Men’s 500m, February 19
Men’s Team Pursuit (Lee Seung-hoon, Chung Jae-won, Kim Min-seok), Speed Skating, February 21
Hwang Dae-heon, Short Track Speed Skating, Men’s 500m, February 22
Lee Sang-ho, Snowboard, Men’s Parallel Giant Slalom, February 24
Kim Bo-reum, Speed Skating, Ladies’ Mass Start, February 24
Women’s Curling (Kim Eun-jung - skip, Kim Kyeong-ae, Kim Seon-yeong, Kim Yeong-mi, Kim Cho-hi), February 25
Bobsleigh: Four-man (Won Yun-jong - pilot, Jun Jung-lin, Seo Young-woo, Kim Dong-hyun), February 25

Bronze
Kim Min-seok, Speed Skating, Men’s 1,500m, February 13
Seo Yi-ra, Short Track Speed Skating, Men’s 1,000m, February 17
Lim Hyo-jun, Short Track Speed Skating, Men’s 500m, February 22
Kim Tae-yun, Speed Skating, Men’s 1,000m, February 23

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