Tae-hee Kim, Korea’s First Medal in Women’s Hammer History

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“I can’t believe it even though I have a medal now,” said Kim Tae-hee (18, Irigong High School), who became the first Korean track and field athlete to win a medal in the women’s hammer throw at the Asian Games.

[Asian Games] Tae-hee Kim, ‘Korea’s First Medal in Women’s Hammer History’, “My Next Goal is the Olympics”

 

 

On the 29th, she won a bronze medal in the women's hammer throw, setting a new Korean record.

Friends were surprised and said, “You’re crazy.”

Senior members of the Korean track and field team patted their heads and said, “The youngest is Mirae.”

“I can’t believe it even though I have a medal now,” said Kim Tae-hee (18, Irigong High School), who became the first Korean track and field athlete to win a medal in the women’s hammer throw at the Asian Games. 카지노사이트

Kim Tae-hee took third place by throwing 64m14 in the women's hammer throw final at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games held at the main stadium of the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center in Zhejiang, China, on the 29th.

Kim Tae-hee, competing in her first adult international competition, was not intimidated and set a new Korean record, surpassing Kang Na-ru's record of 63m80 set in 2012 by 34cm for the first time in 11 years.

Kim Tae-hee also changed her own Korean high school record of 61m24 in July this year, making her the athlete who holds both the Korean record and the high school record.

Kim Tae-hee, who headed to Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport early on the morning of the 30th to return to Korea, said, "Yesterday, I was so happy that I cried.

I couldn't control my emotions.

Many congratulations to my family, friends, and senior members of the national team.

“I received it and was dumbfounded, wondering, ‘Did this really happen?’” he said.

She added, "The title of being the first Korean athlete to win a medal in the women's hammer throw doesn't even hit me right now.

I cried at the awards ceremony, but after the game, my parents said, 'My daughter, you're great,' and I cried again."

Kim Tae-hee threw 64m14 in the 5th period out of the opportunities given from the 1st to 6th periods, beating Yeo Ya-jian (Taiwan) and taking 3rd place.

Yeo Yajian's record was 63m21.

Kim Tae-hee, who was tied for 7th place with 59m 93 by her 4th jump, set a new Korean record in her 5th jump and entered her medal zone.

Kim Tae-hee recalled, "It rained during the game, so my hands were slippery.

I was embarrassed at first, but I calmly threw the hammer, telling myself, 'Let's relax.'"

Kim Tae-hee, who began athletics as a shot put athlete in elementary school, competed as a discus thrower in middle school.

In 2021, his first year in high school, he started the hammer throw, and has competed in the hammer throw event at the National Track and Field Championships since last year.

Kim Tae-hee said, "When I was doing the shot put and discus throw, my records did not improve," and "I switched to the hammer throw at the recommendation of my teachers, and it changed my life."

In her short time, Kim Tae-hee has risen to become the top active Korean women's hammer thrower.

Tae-hee Kim won the women's hammer throw at the Asian Youth Championships (Under 18) in Kuwait in October 2022. She placed third at this year's Asian Junior Championships (Under 20), and she was also selected to represent the Asian Games in Hangzhou.

Among the 45 Korean track and field athletes participating in this competition, only two are high school students: Choi Jin-woo (Ulsan Sports Science High School) and Kim Tae-hee, both male high jumpers.

Kim Tae-hee, the youngest member of the national team, born in 2005, set a new Korean record in her first appearance in the all-around competition, making her the first Korean female hammer thrower to even grab an Asian Games medal with her.

Kim Tae-hee said, "My next goal is to participate in the Olympics.

I'm still young, so even if I don't participate in the 2024 Paris Olympics, I can aim to participate in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.

I won't give up," adding, "Many people are interested in our track and field, especially the throwing event.

“I hope you give it to me.

I will do my best and become a player who produces results,” he pledged.

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