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JANG WOO-JIN AND LIM JONG-HOON SECURE MEN’S DOUBLE BRONZE FOR KOREA

The Korean pair of Jang Woo-jin and Lim Jong-hoon (KEUR 1) secured the men’s doubles bronze medal at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games. The duo defeated India’s 38th-ranked pair of Manushi Shah-Manav Thakkar 3-2 (11-8 7-11 12-10 6-11 11-9) in the quarterfinals of the men’s doubles table tennis competition on Tuesday at the Archer Canal Sports Park Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China. Jang Woo-jin and Lim Jong-hoon clinched the podium. In table tennis at the Asian Games, there is no third place match, with bronze medals awarded to the losers of the semifinals .It was a hard-fought victory .The objective power advantage of Jang Woo-jin and Lim Jong-hoon predictably took the first game with ease, but things went south in game two. Unable to adapt to the Indian players’ no-rotation pitches, they were dragged around and only managed to level the match at 2-2.At 9-9 in the fifth game, Jang Woo-jin and Lim Jong-hoon scored consecutive points with a bold attack to seal the full set victory. Lim and Zhang will face the winner of the match between Liang Jingkun-Ling Gaoyuan (ranked 36th) and Zhuang Zhiyuan-Lin Yunru (ranked 12th) in the one-day semifinals. Both pairs are ranked lower in doubles than Zhang Wujin and Lim Jonghun, but both are top-notch players who have excelled in singles, so it will be a tough battle .Lim Jong-hoon and Jang Woo-jin are South Korea’s strongest doubles team, having finished as runners-up at two consecutive men’s doubles 안전놀이터 World Championships in Houston in 2021 and Durban in 2023.

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