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(Olympics) S. Korea goes quiet for 1st time; diver has country's best performance

Sports 22:09 August 03, 2021

By Yoo Jee-ho

TOKYO, Aug. 3 (Yonhap) -- South Korea did not win a medal on Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics, the first time that's happened since the competition began on July 24.

But there was still a meaningful accomplishment in diving, where Woo Haram finished fourth in the men's 3m springboard event. It was the best Olympic performance by a South Korean diver.

Woo Haram of South Korea performs during the final of the men's 3m springboard diving event at the Tokyo Olympics at Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on Aug. 3, 2021. (Yonhap)

Woo scored 481.85 points from his six dives in the final, which featured 12 divers.

Xie Siyi of China ran away with the gold medal with 558.75 points, followed by compatriot Wang Zongyuan with 534.90 points. Jack Laugher of Britain scored 518 points for the bronze.

Woo came the closest to a medal for South Korea on this day.

In the men's 109kg weightlifting, Jin Yun-seong ended in sixth place despite coming in as a medal hopeful.

Jin lifted 180kg in snatch and 220kg in clean and jerk for a 400kg total. He ended 30kg behind the champion, Akbar Djuraev of Uzbekistan.

Jin Yun-seong of South Korea reacts to an unsuccessful snatch attempt during the men's 109kg weightlifting event at the Tokyo Olympics at Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo on Aug. 3, 2021. (Yonhap)

The women's table tennis team lost to Germany in the quarterfinals 3-2. South Korea won the opening doubles match but then only took one of the next three singles matches.

The women's team event was added to the Olympics in 2008. South Korea won bronze that year but hasn't reached the podium since.

In wrestling, Ryu Han-su lost to Mohamed Ibrahim El-Sayed of Egypt in the round of 16 in the men's 67kg Greco-Roman event.

Ryu's elimination meant South Korea has gone without a wrestling medal for the first time since 1972.

Shin Yu-bin (L) and Jeon Ji-hee of South Korea celebrate a point against Shan Xiaona and Petrissa Solja of Germany during the quarterfinals of the women's team table tennis event at the Tokyo Olympics at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo on Aug. 3, 2021. (Yonhap)

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