Top 10 sports news in Korea
As 2011 comes to an end, sports fans may wonder what news rocked Korea this year. From the Olympics to golf to baseball and more, the Korea JoongAng Daily picked its top 10 sports news stories that made 2011 an interesting and exciting year.
Pyeongchang named host city of the 2018 Winter Olympics
On July 6, all eyes were on International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge. When he announced the name of the alpine town in Gangwon, the whole nation cheered and celebrated. It was the moment that Pyeongchang, located about 180 kilometers (112 miles) east of Seoul, finally attained the bid to host the Winter Games after failing in two previous tries.
Daegu hosts IAAF World Championships in Athletics
From Aug. 27 to Sept. 4, the city of Daegu was packed full of track and field stars who wanted to test their speed, strength and endurance. The event was the largest ever in the history of the World Championships in Athletics as 1,945 athletes from 202 countries participated.
Golfers of Korean descent mark 100th win in the LPGA
On Oct. 17, Choi Na-yeon delivered the 100th win for female golfers of Korean descent in the LPGA by winning the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Since Ku Ok-hee first won an LPGA event in 1988, Korean golfers finally reached the milestone. Their 99th win came from Ryu So-yeon.
Baseball single-season attendance surpasses six million
Baseball greats Choi and Jang pass away
Korea baseball lost two legendary players due to illness. On Sept. 7, Jang Hyo-jo, the career batting average leader, died at age 55. A week later, Choi Dong-won, an MVP-winning power pitcher, succumbed to cancer.
Match-fixing scandal spoils K-League
In May, the Changwon District Prosecutors’ Office found out that active and former players, including ex-All-Stars and national team members, took cash from gambling brokers in exchange for deliberately making mistakes in games. More than 60 players were indicted or convicted.
Cho out, Choi in for national football team
Park Young-seok goes missing in the Himalayas
Swimmer Park Tae-hwan wins gold at the Worlds
On July 24, Park Tae-hwan won the gold medal in the men’s 400-meter freestyle at the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, erasing his no medal disappointment from the previous Worlds. He finished the race in a time of 3 minutes 42.04 seconds, beating his rival Sun Yang of China by more than a second.
Former MLB All-Star pitcher Park Chan-ho returns to the KBO