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(LEAD) (Asiad) S. Korea wins silver in men's sepaktakraw doubles

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2014-09-22
(LEAD) (Asiad) S Korea-sepaktakraw silver
(LEAD) (Asiad) S. Korea wins silver in men's sepaktakraw doubles
By Kim Han-joo
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BUCHEON, South Korea, Sept. 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korea grabbed sepaktakraw silver in the men's doubles event Monday at the ongoing Asian Games, losing to defending champ Myanmar by the set score of 2-0 (21-19, 21-18).
In a closely contested final held at Bucheon Gymnasium, just outside the host city of Incheon, South Korea's Kim Young-man, Jeong Won-deok, and Yim An-soo lost to Zaw Zaw Aung, Wai Lin Aung and Zaw Latt of the Southeast Asian powerhouse.
Myanmar collected its second consecutive Asiad gold in this event.



In an interview immediately after the game, striker Kim did not hide his disappointment, saying that he wanted to grab the gold to give the sport more much-needed public exposure.
"It is such a shame since the game is being held here," said Kim, the oldest of his teammates at 28. He added that he wanted to let more local fans know about sepaktakraw, which remains a largely niche sport in the country.
"I think I felt extra pressure, especially playing the game in front of the home crowd," Yim, in tears, said.
He also expressed hope the quadrennial event would help boost local interest in the acrobatic sport.
Captain Jeong also asked for more financial support for the sport.
"In our training sessions, we lacked support in our facility, training suits, and gymnasium," he said. "I hope our junior sepaktakraw players would be trained in an improved environment."
Host South Korea is the only country from outside Southeast Asia to win a sepaktakraw gold at the Asian Games, taking the men's circle title at the 2002 Busan event with different players.
khj@yna.co.kr
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