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Most Koreans don’t know when Paralympics start

Two thirds of Koreans don’t know when the opening day of the Winter Paralympic Games in their country is, a survey showed Monday.

According to local pollster Realmeter, which last Friday asked 500 adults about the opening day of the 2018 Winter Paralympics, only 33.6 percent of them answered correctly.

The PyeongChang Winter Paralympics run from March 9 to 18 in Pyeongchang, some 180 kilometers (111 miles) east of Seoul, and two adjacent cities, Gangneung and Jeongseon.

The survey showed 13.5 percent picked March 5 as the opening day of the Paralympics, while 10.1 percent and 8.2 percent selected March 12 and March 1, respectively. It also showed 34.6 percent answered they don’t know when the Paralympics start.

By age, respondents in their 30s and 40s were more aware of the Paralympics opening day than those who are in their 50s and 60s.

By region, 40.4 percent of the people from Busan, Ulsan and South Gyeongsang knew the opening day of the Paralympics, while only 24.9 percent of the people from Daejeon, Sejong and Chungcheong answered correctly.


Chung Hyeon now No. 26, highest ranked Korean ever

Australian Open semifinalist Chung Hyeon has broken his own record for the highest ranking position by a Korean tennis player.

Chung climbed three spots to reach No. 26 on the latest ATP Rankings released Monday. No Korean, male or female, has ever ranked higher. Chung himself held the previous record of No. 29 until last week.

The 21-year-old had a huge breakthrough in January at the Australian Open, where he defeated former No. 1 Novak Djokovic, among others, to reach the final four. Chung retired from his semifinals match but still jumped from No. 58 to No. 29. Former ATP player Lee Hyung-taik had been the top-ranked Korean at No. 36 since 2007.

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