Watch: Premature celebration costs South Korea gold medal at Asian Games | Asian Games 2023 News

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NEW DELHI: South Korean rollerskater Jung Cheol-won experienced a sportsman’s nightmare as he celebrated prematurely, costing his country a gold medal at the Asian Games. Jung was anchoring his three-man team in the men’s 3,000m relay final when he committed a grave error of judgment.
Believing he had comfortably outpaced his competitor, Huang Yu-lin of Taiwan, Jung eased up and raised his arms in celebration. However, to his shock, Huang Yu-lin lunged across the finish line first, winning by a mere one hundredth of a second with a time of 4 minutes and 05.692 seconds.

In a moment of reflection, Jung admitted his costly mistake, saying, “I made a rather big mistake. I didn’t come at full speed to the finish line. I let my guard down too early. I am very sorry. I apologize to my teammates and to our fans who supported us. We all worked very hard together for this, and it’s all my fault.”
Huang from Taiwan considered his victory a “miracle” and credited his coach for instilling in him the principle of never giving up. He revealed his thoughts during the race, saying, “I realized they were celebrating, but I wanted to tell them, while you were celebrating, I was still fighting. I wasn’t sure whether I had reached the finish line in time. I thought it was such a shame that I was just a little bit short, and then the results came up on the screen showing that I had won by one hundredth of a second, and it was just a miracle.”

Adding to South Korea’s disappointment, Taiwan’s women won the 3,000m relay final, claiming victory and relegating South Korea to a silver medal.
(With AFP inputs)

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