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(Olympics) No medals for S. Korea for 4th straight day; big loss in volleyball, close call in karate

All News 23:11 August 06, 2021

By Yoo Jee-ho

TOKYO, Aug. 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's medal-less streak at the Tokyo Olympics reached four days on Friday, with some losses stinging more than others.

South Korea fell to Brazil in straight sets in the women's volleyball semifinals on Friday, a loss largely expected against the world's second-ranked team.

The loss should do little to dampen the love affair between the volleyball-loving South Korea and its underdog team that few expected to even get this far in the tournament.

South Korean players celebrate a point against Brazil during the semifinals of the Tokyo Olympic women's volleyball tournament at Ariake Arena in Tokyo on Aug. 6, 2021. (Yonhap)

Park Hee-jun lost in the bronze medal bout to Ali Sofuoglu of Turkey in the men's karate kata event, finishing in a tie for fifth.

Sofuoglu scored 27.26 points to Park's 26.14 points for their technical and athletic performances of kata moves.

Karate is making its Olympic debut here, and Park was the only South Korean in karate.

Park Hee-jun of South Korea performs during the bronze medal bout for the men's karate kata event at the Tokyo Olympics at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on Aug. 6, 2021. (Yonhap)

Kim Se-hee finished in 11th place in women's modern pentathlon on Friday, tying the record for the best Olympic performance by a South Korean in the event.

She earned 1,330 points overall from fencing, swimming, show jumping and laser run, which combines running and shooting.

Kim was in second place with only laser run remaining, but ranked 24th in that last portion of the event to drop out of top 10 overall.

Another South Korean, Kim Sun-woo, ended in 17th place.

South Korea lost to Japan 3-1 in the bronze medal match of the men's table tennis team event. The country has now gone two straight Olympics without reaching the podium in ping pong.

Kim Sun-woo (L) and Kim Se-hee of South Korea put their arms around each other's shoulders after completing the laser run portion of modern pentathlon at the Tokyo Olympics at Tokyo Stadium in Tokyo on Aug. 6, 2021. (Yonhap)

In women's golf, world No. 2 Ko Jin-young and No. 4 Kim Sei-young are tied for 10th at seven-under par through three rounds.

Nelly Korda of the United States is the leader at 15-under.

Ko and Kim are three back of four players tied for third at 10-under, including the 2016 silver medalist from New Zealand, Lydia Ko.

Defending champion Park In-bee, who has been having trouble with the putter all week, is tied for 25th at three-under after shooting an even-par 71 on Friday.

South Korea has fallen out of the top 10 in the medal race with two more days of action left, sitting in 13th place with six gold medals, four silver medals and nine bronze medals.


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