(Tokyo = Yonhap News) Tokyo Paralympic Games Joint Investigation = Byung-hoon Yoo (49, Gyeongbuk Paralympic Sports Association), a veteran of the Korean Paralympic athletics team, finished 7th in the men’s 400m track at the 4th Paralympic Games.
In the afternoon of the 29th, in the men’s 400m (sports class T53) final at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games held at Shinjuku National Stadium (Olympic Stadium) in Tokyo, Japan on the afternoon of the 29th, Yoo Byung-hoon placed 7th out of 8 with a time of 50.02.
In the preliminaries held this morning, Yoo Byung-hun, who advanced to the final 6th overall with a personal best of 49.29 seconds, continued his sprint while maintaining the 3rd place in the early finals.
Pong Sakorn Peyo (Thailand), born in 1996, was the first to cross the finish line with a world record of 46.61, followed by Canada’s Brent Lakatos with a new continental record of 46.75.
The bronze medal was won by Vitali Grichenko (49.41) of the Russian Paralympic Committee.
Byung-Hoon Yoo is an ‘all-weather’ ironman who can handle all athletics events from 100m sprint to marathon, and is participating in the Paralympic Games 4 times in a row, from the 2008 Beijing Games to the Tokyo Games.
At the Beijing Paralympic Games, which was the first Paralympic Games, he made a pleasant start with a bronze medal in the 400m relay, but he did not receive a medal in the individual event.
In Tokyo, they will try to win their first Paralympic individual gold medal.
Byung-Hoon Yoo has been running for 27 years as a wheelchair track and field athlete.
He said, “I’m proud that I’ve been training consistently and exemplary for 27 years. I’m still trying to make up for my weaknesses in the process of many failures.”
After the preliminaries, Yoo Byung-hoon said, “The goal of the final is to get into the 47th invite. I put down my greed for medals a little bit. If I achieve my goal, I will be able to get into the medal right.”
However, in the final, the record was somewhat disappointing compared to the goal.
Yoo Byung-hoon said, “The preliminary record was good, but it seems that the condition in the final was not well controlled. It’s very disappointing.”
He continued, “The Thai athlete who won today’s world record came from the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, but then did not reach the final.
At the same time, he emphasized the necessity of Korea’s land development.
Yoo Byung-hoon said, “Thailand has a fairly thick track and field player base. Our skills are growing rapidly while training together.” “In Korea, both disabled and non-disabled track and field are not popular. They are very popular in Europe and the United States. . I wish there were more juniors I could work with. I hope that more juniors will challenge the wheelchair track and field.”
Yoo Byung-hoon’s challenge continues. Following the men’s 100m on the 1st of next month and the 800m on the 2nd, they will compete in a marathon on the 5th, the final day of the event.
Only two Korean athletes participated in this Tokyo Paralympic Athletics Championships, 49-year-old Byung-hun Yoo and 44-year-old Jeon Min-jae.
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