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12 Jeju athletes aim for Olympic medals in London
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▲ Courtesy the Korean Olympic Committee

The Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) released its list of 245 athletes representing Korea in 22 events at the 2012 London Olympics. Twelve out of the 245 athletes lived in Jeju or have represented Jeju in a sport.

The six Jeju athletes and their events are as follows:

Soccer: Jeong Seong Ryong (Suwon Samsung), and Ji Dong Won (Sunderland).

Gymnastics: Heo Seon Mi (Namnyeong High School) starts competition on July 29.

Weight lifting (Women’s 58kg event): Yang Eun Hye (Jeju Special Self-Governing Province team) takes to the stage July 27.

Doubles badminton: Kim Min Jeong (Jeonbuk Bank) and Kim Ha Na (Samsung Electro-Mechanics) start competition on July 27.

The six athletes who used to belong to Jeju regional teams include Koo Ja Cheol (Augsburg) for soccer with Jeju United; Oh Jin Hyeok (Hyundai Steel) for archery; Kim Kyeong Ah and Seok Ha Jeong (both representing Korean Airlines) are athletes in the singles and team badminton competitions; and in Judo Kim Jae Bum and Jo Jun Ho (of the Korea Racing Authority) are looking for medals beginning on the 27th.

The 2012 London Olympics will see a decrease of 22 participants compared to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2004 Athens Olympics when Korea sent 267 athletes. According to the KOC, the decrease is due to baseball being removed as an Olympic event, as well as both the men’s volleyball team and women’s soccer team failing to qualify for London.

For more on the Korean Olympic team, please go to the KOC Web site.
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