Celebrations and farewells on day 10
But on the same day, weight lifter Jang Mi-ran reminded the nation that the Olympics are not just about the medal standings.
The defending champion battling a series of injuries at her third Summer Games finished fourth in the over-75-kilogram event, likely the last of her Olympic career. After her lift, Jang kneeled down and prayed before kissing the barbell and bowing before the crowd.
Jang, 28, ruled the weight lifting world in the late 2000s, taking four world championships with gold and silver medals at the Olympics. But since the Beijing Games, she has suffered from shoulder and back injuries. A car accident also prevented her from training.
It was clear from the start that young weight lifters Zhou Lulu of China and Tatiana Kashirina of Russia were going to be competing for gold in the heaviest weight lifting class this time around.
Jang cleared a total of 289 kilograms, 125 kilograms in the snatch and 164 kilograms in the clean and jerk, much less than her 326-kilogram world record. Zhou, 24, won the gold with a new world record of 333 kilograms - 146 in the snatch and 187 in the clean and jerk.
“I am just thankful that I’ve finished the competition without getting injured,” a tearful Jang said at the ExCeL Arena after the event. “I am worried that I have let down people who supported me and have showed me affection since my total wasn’t like what I did in Beijing.”
Jin, who delivered Korea’s first gold medal in the men’s 10-meter air pistol shooting on July 28, beat teammate Choi Young-rae in the 50-meter event by 0.5 points to win his second.
He became the first local shooter to take home two gold medals at an Olympics and is also the first Korean athlete in an individual sport to defend a title after winning the 50-meter in Beijing.
In other events on Sunday, Choi Gyu-jin, a Greco-Roman wrestler, finished fourth after losing to Mingiyan Semenov of Russia in the men’s 55-kilogram bronze medal contest.
By Joo Kyung-don [firstname.lastname@example.org]