Uharam won the most medals of any athlete at the Asian Games in South Korea. An achievement for a country with no diving history.
From Sept. 23 to Oct. 7, Hangzhou, China, will host the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. The Games, which were scheduled to begin last year, were postponed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
South Korea has high hopes for swimming this year. It has the most gold medals at stake with 57.
Swimming at the Asian Games is broadly divided into five events: swimming, diving, artistic swimming, water polo, and open water swimming. Of these, the majority of medals are up for grabs with 41, followed by artistic swimming, water polo, and open water swimming with two each.
Most of the public’s eyes will be on Hwang Sun-woo (Gangwon Province), a swimming icon and “record maker,” and Kim Woo-min (Gangwon Province), a freestyle middle and long-distance ace.
With 10 gold medals up for grabs, the bar is quite high in diving for host China. However, a young hopeful from the diving barrens of South Korea is throwing down the gauntlet.
The diving sensation has the most medals of any South Korean competitor at the current Asian Games. He won one silver (synchronized 10-meter platform) and three bronze medals (synchronized 3-meter springboard, 1-meter springboard, and 10-meter platform) at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, and took his total to eight at the 2018 Palembang Games in Jakarta with two silver and two bronze medals.
South Korean diving icon Woo Haram, Yonhap
His individual medal at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games was the first in 28 years since Lee Sun-ki won bronze at the 1986 Seoul Asian Games, and his 1-meter springboard medal was a first for South Korea.
Diving is one of the least recognized sports in Korea. There aren’t many training facilities for practicing and the infrastructure is poor. However, Uharam has continued to improve her international performance despite the harsh conditions and has shown interest in competing in Hangzhou.
“I think the Hangzhou Asian Games is the last test before the Olympics, and of course I’m going to the Asian Games with the intention of winning a medal, but more specifically, my goal is to compete at a level where I can win an Olympic medal,” Uharam wrote in a series of posts on his official Instagram account in June.메이저놀이터
Meanwhile, Uharam will compete in the diving events at the Hangzhou Asian Games from September 30 to October 4.