2011.11.4 Weekend PicksMarathon
* JoongAng Seoul International Marathon
- Jamsil Stadium, Seoul
- Sunday, 8 a.m.
Marathoner Ji Young-jun is making a comeback in one of the country’s biggest marathon events, hosted by the JoongAng Ilbo.
Ji, a gold medalist in the 2010 Asian Games in Ghangzhou, southeastern China, suffered a series of injuries earlier this month and even failed to participate in the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Daegu this summer.
Ji will be joined by Kenyan marathoners such as James Kipsang Kwambai, who holds the world’s fifth-best record of 2 hours, 4 minutes and 27 seconds, and defending champion David Kemboi Kiyeng.
The event also features a wheelchair marathon and offers citizens the chance to compete in a full course that spans the city of Seoul and Seongnam, Gyeonggi. Organizers said some 22,000 amateur athletes will run at the event.
* Anyang Korea Ginseng Corporation (6-3) at Wonju Dongbu Promy (8-1)
- Chiak Gymnasium, Wonju, Gangwon
- Saturday, 3:30 pm
The Promy suffered its first loss of the season on Wednesday and will look to bounce back against KGC, which has won two games in a row.
The Promy is renowned for its defense, allowing only 65 points per game to its opponents. The team also leads in blocks and rebounds, thanks to the “triple towers” comprised of Kim Joo-sung, Yoon Ho-young and Rodrique Benson.
KGC has the league’s second best offense, averaging 82.7 points per game. The team’s offense is led by Rodney White and rookie Oh Se-keun, the first draft pick for this season.
The Promy already beat KGC 67-65 last month at home and has a better all-time head-to-head record, leading with 27 wins and 14 losses.
* EDaily-KYJ Ladies Open
- Lake Hills Country Club, Seogwipo, Jeju
- Friday to Sunday
As the KLPGT season comes to an end, a total of 90 women golfers will compete for the winner’s prize of 80 million won ($70,793) in this three-day tournament.
Kim Ha-neul is looking to secure her position as top money earner after collecting 398 million won so far. She is the only golfer in the KLPGT to win twice this season. U.S. Open winner Ryu So-yeon, the second in money earnings, is also a candidate to win the title. She is currently the leader in MVP points and scoring average at 71.81, followed by Sim Hyun-hwa.
Lee Bo-mi, last year’s triple crown winner, is also looking for a successful comeback in this tournament.