20 year-old judoka Wang Ki Chun had boldly announced earlier this year that he would bring back the gold medal for Wonder Girls member Yoo Bin.
He managed to go all the way to the 73kg final but lost the gold medal match to eventual winner and world No.1 Elnur Mammadli of Azerbaijan. With just 13 seconds on the clock, Mammadli caught Wang Ki Chun in the ankle and rolled him over with kibisu-gaeshi, ending the game with an ippon. Tough luck although Wang insisted that the ribcage injury suffered in his semi-final match against Brazil’s Leandro Guilheiro didn’t have any bearing in the final.
In an interview with the Korean media after the match, Wang Ki Chun was in tears as he expressed, “I am sorry to my fellow countrymen and my family. My skills are still inadequate.” He was then asked what song he wants to hear most and his reply, “Wonder Girls So Hot”, as he also revealed his liking for Wonder Girls member Yoo Bin. Nevertheless, he won praise from netizens from battling on despite suffering an injury prior to his gold medal match.
Silver medal is probably good enough for most of us but he will rue the chance.