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November 25, 2010Posted by on
South Korea’s unexpected long jump double golds are my favorite Asian Games underdog stories . Seeing my compatriots lose in those two events brings forth sad feelings. But then again, I love a good underdog story. It just wasn’t my beloved country’s time to hatch her own version of pleasant athletics surprises.
South Korea’s first Long Jump gold was Jung Soon-ok’s (정순옥) upset win over World Indoor Triple Jump Champion Olga Rypakova. Jung leaped to 6.50m in her third attempt, snatching the lead from the Asian triple jump record holder. Rypakova, incidentally, has a better season’s best of 6.60m than Jung’s erstwhile SB of 6.48m.
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Kim Deok-hyeon’s (김덕현) golden moment was even more dramatic. In the fifth round, Kim overhauled Su Xiongfeng’s 8.05m, sailing to a season’s best of 8.11m. After his winning leap, Kim writhed in pain on the long jump pit, clutching his immobile left leg. His left leg had cramped up upon landing! He limped off the pit in almost hilarious manner. He was obviously in pain, but as soon as he saw that he won gold, his expression brightened up!
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In a touching display of emotion, Kim sobbed as he triumphantly waved South Korea’s flag in victory.
November 24, 2010Posted by on
Ace Filipina long jumper, Marestella Torres, narrowly missed landing a podium finish at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. Torres made only one legal jump (her first round attempt of 6.49m), which was good enough for 4th place. The Filipino national record holder at 6.68m lost to the Ukzbekistani Heptathlon Champion, Yuliya Tarasova, on countback.
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Torres was tantalizingly close to becoming the first-ever Filipino track & field athlete to win an Asian Games medal since the legendary Elma Muros-Posadas’ long jump bronze in the 1994 Hiroshima Games. In fact, the powerfully-built long jumper held the lead for the first two rounds, before Rypakova (the Asian triple jump record holder at 15.25m!) bettered Torres’ leap by 1 cm. Torres is a three-time SEA Games long jump champion and the surprise winner in last year’s Asian Athletics Championships.
According to a Manila Bulletin article, Torres twisted her ankle in the 2nd round.
With Torres’ heartbreaking 4th place finish, the last Filipino hope for an athletics medal is long jumper Henry Dagmil. The long jump is an unpredictable event. In the event where the word “Beamonesque” was coined, anything can happen. Unless you’re a Carl Lewis, rock-hard consistency is hard to come by.
The competition could have gone both ways. Had Maris made a legal jump in one of those failed attempts, she could have won gold! A 4th place finish is a respectable result nonetheless. We’re proud of you Maris! Your time will come!