Lee Woo-seok, who defeated ‘rival’ Kim Je-deok, “I’ve never won an international competition… The fact that I went into it without high expectations worked.”

Lee Woo-seok (Kolon X1 Boys) laughed during the match between the men’s national archery team aces.

Lee Woo-seok defeated Kim Je-deok (Yecheon County Office) 6-4 (28-28 29-30 29-28 28-28) in the quarterfinals of the 2023 Men’s Recurve Individual Competition at the Hyundai Motors Chung Mong-koo Korea Archery Competition held at the Peace Square of the War Memorial of Korea in Yongsan-gu, Seoul on the 2nd. won 30-26).

Lee Woo-seok, Kim Je-deok, and Kim Woo-jin (Cheongju City Hall) jointly won the gold medal in the men’s team event at the World Archery Championships held in Berlin, Germany early last month. He also won the recurve men’s team event at the 4th Hyundai Archery World Cup held in Paris, France on the 20th.스포츠토토

With ‘defending champion’ Kim Woo-jin eliminated, Lee Woo-seok and Kim Woo-jin faced off in the quarterfinals. In this match, which was a ‘preview of the finals’, Lee Woo-seok won after a close battle.

After the match, Lee Woo-seok expressed his thoughts, saying, “It would be a lie if I said I wasn’t nervous (against Kim Je-deok). I’ve never beaten Kim Je-deok in an international competition. I didn’t have any expectations, but it worked out well.”

The winner of the recurve men’s and women’s individual event of this competition will receive a prize of 100 million won. The runner-up will receive 50 million won, and the third place will receive 25 million won. Lee Woo-seok said with a smile, “Before this game started, the players decided to buy beef regardless of who wins the prize money (the winner or the player who advances to the finals).” He added, “I guess I’ll have to buy it myself, but after the tournament, I’ll enjoy it with the players.”

Korean archery, which boasted of being ‘the best in the world’ at the World Championships last month, had to be satisfied with two gold medals and one bronze medal. In recent international competitions, Korean archery’s position as ‘the best in the world’ is being shaken. Under these circumstances, Korean archery will participate in the Asian Games opening in Hangzhou, China on the 23rd.

Lee Woo-seok said, “All the players worked hard and took their games seriously. However, it is also true that the skills of foreign players have improved.” He expressed confidence, saying, “It didn’t go well at this World Championships, but I plan to prepare even more tenaciously for the Asian Games. I hope you’ll keep an eye on me.”

Meanwhile, Lee Woo-seok’s best performance was reaching the quarterfinals of the 1st Hyundai Motor Company Chung Mong-goo Archery Competition. He will face off against Park Seon-woo (Seoul City Hall) in the men’s individual semifinals to be held on the 3rd.

Meanwhile, SPOTV2 and sports OTT service SPOTV NOW will broadcast live the main matches of Hyundai Motor Company’s Chung Mong-koo Korea Archery Championship 2023.

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