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Stepping higher, evidence positive for Joo Youngdae and Nam Kiwon

Tuesday 17 August

Aiming for one step higher, seeking two steps higher; respectively those are the targets of Korea Republic’s Joo Youngdae and Nam Kiwon at the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Ten days of competition commence in the Metropolitan Gymnasium on Wednesday 25th August.

Furthermore, if they can repeat their performances of 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, such an outcome may be possible.

Competing in men’s singles class 1, in Pavilion 3, now approaching five years ago, it was silver for Joo Youngdae, bronze for and Nam Kiwon.


Joo Youngdae, silver in Rio de Janeiro

At the semi-final stage Joo Youngdae beat Nam Kiwon (11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7), who eventual secured third place by overcoming Hungary’s Endre Major (11-9, 4-11, 11-6, 13-11).


Bronze for Nam Kiwon in Rio de Janeiro

In the gold medal contest, Joo Youngdae was beaten by Great Britain’s Rob Davies (14-12, 4-11, 11-9, 11-5).

Unfortunately, Rob Davies, who received an MBE (Member of the British Empire) for his efforts in Rio de Janeiro, is a last minute withdrawal from Tokyo 2012; the nemesis is absent, Switzerland’s Sylvio Keller is the replacement.

The withdrawal strengthens the claim that Joo Youngdae is the favourite for gold.

Notably Joo Youngdae won the men’s singles class 1 title at the 2017 Asian Championships in Beijing and then completed a successful retention in 2019 in Taichung. Likewise, Nam Kiwon is a reigning continental champion; in 2018 he succeeded in the same category in the Asian Para Games in Jakarta.

Presently, on the men’s class 1 ranking list, Joo Youngdae is named in top spot, Nam Kiwon in third position; the player sandwiched in between, a certain Rob Davies.

Can the Korean Republic pair climb the ladder in Tokyo, the evidence is strong?

International titles: Joo Youngdae

2019 Asian Championships: men’s singles class 1

2019 Asian Championships: men’s team class 1-2 (Cha Sooyoung, Park Jincheol)

2017 Asian Championships: men’s singles class 1

2017 Asian Championships: men’s team class 1-2 (Cha Sooyoung, Park Jincheol)

2020 Polish Open: men’s singles class 1

2019 Para Czech Open: men’s singles class 1

2019 Bangkok Para Open: men’s singles class 1-2

 

International titles: Nam Kiwon

2018 Asian Para Games: men’s singles class 1

2018 Asian Para Games: men’s team class 1-2 (Cha Soo Young, Park Jincheol)

2014 World Championships: men’s team class 1 (Cho Jaekwan, Lee Changho)

2013 Asian Championships: men’s team class 4 (Choi Il Sang, Kim Younggun)

2019 16th Thermana Lasko Slovenia Open: men’s team class 1 (Joo Youngdae, Park Sungjoo)

 

Editor: Ian Marshall

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