Gyeonggi Province wins its second consecutive national championship.
Gyeonggi Province won the 104th Jeollanam-do National Sports Competition (National Games), which concluded today, with a total score of 64,856 points (overall + medal points), beating out Seoul with 53,042 points. In third place was Gyeongsangbuk-do with 51,445 points.
This marks Gyeonggi Province’s second consecutive overall title, following last year’s event in Ulsan.
Gyeonggi-do held the top spot for 17 consecutive years from 2002 to 2018, but lost it to Seoul at the 100th edition of the event in 2019.
Swimming sensation Hwang Sun-woo (Gangwon Provincial Office) shone brightest as he won five medals and was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the third time in a row.
Hwang overcame a bout of food poisoning early in the competition to win gold in all five of his events, including the 800-meter freestyle relay, 200-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle relay, 100-meter freestyle relay and 400-meter medley relay in the men’s general category.
Hwang is the only athlete to win the MVP award three years in a row, which has been awarded by the Korea Olympic Committee since the 61st Games in 1980.
Moon Gun-young (Gwangju Chego), who has been touted as the “next Yang Hak-sun” in the men’s high school artistic gymnastics, won his second consecutive individual all-around title, as well as a tournament-high seven individual titles on uneven bars, parallel bars, balance beam, rings, floor exercise and vault.
In swimming, four Koreans won five medals, including Hwang Sun-woo.
Choi Kang-in (Yulgok High School) won the men’s under-18 category, Heo Yeon-kyung (Bangsan High School) won the women’s under-18 category, and Kim Seo-young (Gyeongbuk Provincial Office) won the women’s general category.
Swimming, which has become one of the “filial disciplines” of Korean sports, was also rich in Korean records.
A total of eight Korean records were set at the Games, with four of them coming from swimming.
The first Korean record of the Games also came from swimming. On the second day of competition, Baek In-chul (Busan Jung-gu Office) won gold in the men’s 50-meter butterfly with a new Korean record of 23.15 seconds.
Three Korean records were also set in weightlifting, including an 87-kilogram dragon snatch record (170 kg) by Park Hye-jung (Goyang City Hall).메이저놀이터
In athletics, Cho Ha-rim (Jinju City Hall) won the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:06.42, breaking the Korean record she set in 2019 by four minutes.
Yeo Seo-jung (Jecheon City Office) and Lee Yoon-seo (Gyeongbuk Provincial Office), who combined to qualify for the Olympic team event for the first time in 36 years at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships earlier this month, won multiple medals on the final day of competition.
Yeo won two gold medals on vault and floor exercise in the women’s all-around event at the 104th Jeonnam National Games, which concluded at the Samho Sports Complex in Yeongam, South Jeolla Province.
Lee Yoon-seo, who excels in four events – vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise – won the all-around gold (54.400 points) and the team title, and also topped the uneven bars (14.233 points) on the day to complete the trifecta.
The 105th edition of the competition will be held next year in Gyeongnam.