A wait of a quarter of a century came to a conclusion yesterday for the Korean men at the 2021 Asian Championships in Doha.
The Koreans won the men’s team title for the second time their first since winning the title in 1996 in Singapore.
The Korea’s took advantage of the absence of the Chinese team to lift the title with a 3-1 win over Chinese Taipei.
Man of the moment was Jang Woojin, bagging two points for the his side. He accounted for Chen Chien-An 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7 in the opening match of the fixture and beat Chuang Chih-Yuan 11-9, 11-7, 11-5 in the contest that brought matters to a conclusion.
Sandwiched in between Chinese Taiper bagged a point when Chuang Chih-Yuan overcame Lee Sangsu 11-9, 13-11, 7-11, 11-8 in the second match of the tie. An Jaehyun beat Feng Yi-Hsin 12-10, 11-9, 14-12 to restore the lead.
Earlier in the semi-finals Korea Republic defeated India 3-0, but the margin of victory did not reflect the intensity of the contest.
Jang Woojin gave Korea the ideal start by overcoming Sathiyan Gnanasekaran in four games 11-5, 10-12, 11-8, 11-5; a close contest with the next two matches going even closer!
Lee Sangsu beat Sharath Kamal Achanta after trailing 7-9 in the deciding fifth game. He won four points in a row to secure a hard-earned 7-11, 15-13, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9 victory.
Similarly, Cho Seungmin was 8-10 in arrears in the deciding fifth game against Harmeet Desai. He saved both match points, then held an 11-10 lead before eventually succeeding 11-4, 9-11, 8-11, 11-6, 13-11.
Meanwhile, Chinese Taipei needed the full five matches to beat Japan in their semi-final clash.
Backbone of the success was Chen Chien-An, now 30 years old, with his experience prevailing.
In the opening match of the fixture, he accounted for Yuto Kizukuri 11-6, 11-6, 13-11 and the in the concluding fifth match, he secured victory against Shunsuke Togami in a five games thriller 4-11, 11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7.
Chinese Taipei had scored their points first through Feng Yi-Hsin, who recovered from an opening game deficit to beat Hiroto Shinozuka 5-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7.
However, Huang Yan-Cheng was beaten by Shunsuke Togami in the second match 11-4, 11-8, 11-5 and later by Yuto Kizukuri 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5.