Ryu eases to Asian Games women's gold
Ryu So Yeon shot another sub 70 round on the last day of the womens
individual golf competition at Doha Golf Club to consolidate her
overnight lead and win the gold medal. The Koreans performance
also helped her country take the team gold as the women joined their
male team mates in a clean sweep of the top prizes.
Starting with a comfortable lead, Ryu got off to a perfect start
with a birdie on the first hole and never looked back on her way
to a round of 67 and a combined total of 263 (29 under par).
We are all athletes and no athlete competes for silver medals,
said Ryu as she savoured victory. I had to keep up with my
peoples expectations so I had to win something. Im happy
that I met their expectation.
There are a lot of people who helped me win this medal, so
its hard for me to choose one person from many [to thank].
I would like to continue my golf. I will try hard and want to play
in Japan and the United States."
Taking the silver medal was Japans Mika Miyazato, whose late
surge of three birdies over the last three holes for a 67 gave her
a total of 272 one shot ahead of Koreas Choi He Yong
and Tseng Ya Ni.
Speaking after her round, Miyazato said, I missed a few putts
on the first nine, but the second half was very good for me. Its
a different course. Its hard to play when it rains and the
wind makes it difficult as well.
I tried hard from the beginning, but after the first day
I couldnt play well. It was hard to make a strong comeback
after going down [giving away seven shots to Ryu in the third round].
With Korea also storming away with the team gold medal after a
combined total of 534 points, Miyazatos performance helped
Japan take silver on 547 points and Chinese Taipei finished in third
Talking about the difference in the teams performances, Ryu
added, The Chinese and Japanese teams are good because they
practise a lot. But I think we practised more and thats why
December 11, 2006