After Jingjin Cheon won a gold medal in the 500 meter sprint, the man from the Korean press went totally wild. He kept shouting his name and that resulted in the whole crowd yelling the name of the Korean winner ‘Jongjin Cheon’ Even the speakers started firing on the crowd. Who is Jongjin Cheon?
We looked him up after the ceremony. He doesn’t speak English himself but the team manager translated for us.
Jongjin Cheon is 19 years old and this is his first World Championship. On Monday he already won a silver medal in the 1000 meter. His teammate Woonggyu Choi got the bronze medal. The world champion is Juan Arango from Colombia.
Did you expect to win a medal today? “No I didn’t expect to win a medal, but I trained a lot in Korea.”
What was your plan for this race? “I wanted to try to lead the race, be in the front the whole time.”
How do you like the world championships? “I’m very satisfied with the situation. It was really good when everybody was cheering and yelling me name, even the DJ.”
What are races will we see you in? “Tomorrow I’ll be in the relay, and later also in the road races. And the marathon.”
Lee Yerim won a bronze medal in the 500 meter, behind Giorgia Valenzano and world champion Gabriela Rueda. She was also interviewed for the live broadcast in Korea.
Pictures: Hidde Muije
Worlds will be held from 1-3 july on the track in Heerde and from 5-8 july in Arnhem on the road.
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