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(LEAD) (Olympics) Moon congratulates judoka, fencers, archer on Olympic medals

All News 19:49 July 30, 2021

(ATTN: REVISES headline, lead; UPDATES with more details in paras 7-9; ADDS photo)

SEOUL, July 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in sent congratulatory messages Friday to the nation's judoka, archer and sabre fencing team for winning medals at the Tokyo Olympics.

In a message for Cho Guham, Moon thanked him for bringing great joy to the people by winning a silver medal in the men's 100kg judo contest.

Moon mentioned his final match with Aaron Wolf of Japan the previous day.

"It was a game where your speed, endurance and manners shined," the president noted in the message also posted on social media.

Cho Guham of South Korea (L) holds the hands of Aaron Wolf of Japan after the final match of the men's 100kg judo contest in the Tokyo Olympics on July 29, 2021. (Yonhap)

Moon also congratulated the members of the male fencing squad on winning gold.

"I am more proud of you now that it represents a splendid achievement" as the second straight gold of South Korea's Olympic sabre fencing team, he added in a note each for Kim Jung-hwan, Gu Bon-gil, Kim Jun-ho and Oh Sang-uk.

South Korean fencers -- Kim Jun-ho (from L), Oh Sang-uk, Gu Bon-gil and Kim Jung-hwan -- pose with their gold medals upon arriving at the Incheon International Airport on July 29, 2021. (Yonhap)

Moon praised female archer An San for becoming the first South Korean triple gold medalist at a Summer Olympics and the first athlete with three gold medals at Tokyo.

The president also expressed support for An, who recently became a target of vicious online attacks for keeping her hair short, mostly coming from those who believed her look meant she was a feminist.

"Behind an individual's great performance lie repeated trainings and deep solitude. Sometimes, they have to fight against too much expectations and discrimination," Moon said in a message posted on social media. "We often focus on end results, but there is no easy moment in the journey. I'm so proud of her."

South Korean archer An San shows off her gold medal on the podium during the award ceremony of the women's individual event at the Tokyo Olympics at Yumenoshima Final Field in Tokyo on July 30, 2021. An also won gold medals in the mixed archery team and women's team events. (Yonhap)


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