Double Gold for Korea in Asian Games Dressage

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Asian Games individual medalists (L to R) silver-Quzandria Nur Binti Mahama Fathil from Malaysia, gold-Young Shik Hwang of Korea and bronze Mohd Qabil Mahamad Fathil from Malaysia. Photo: Laixiongmin
Asian Games individual medalists (L to R) silver-Quzandria Nur Binti Mahama Fathil from Malaysia, gold-Young Shik Hwang of Korea and bronze-Mohd Qabil Mahamad Fathil from Malaysia. Photo: Laixiongmin

GUANGZHOU, China, Nov. 20–The Republic of Korea took team and individual gold in the Dressage Championships at the Asian Games.

Dong Seon Kim on Pleasure, Kyun Sub Kim and Dark Secret, Young Shik Hwang on Laura and Jun Sang Choi on Ticco scooped the team title ahead of the host nation.

Hwang, who celebrated his 20th birthday a week, dominated from the outset to claim the individual title ahead of Malaysian siblings Quzandria Nur Binti Mahama Fathil and her brother Mohd Qabil Ambak Mahamad Fathil.

This was the fourth back-to-back team gold medal result for Korea, and their fifth in total since equestrian sport became part of the Asian Games in New Delhi in 1982. The Asian Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years and is at small tour, similar to the Pan American Games. Riders from 16 countries competed in the three Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing and jumping.

The Chinese sprang a surprise when finishing a close second. The team included Olympian Lina Liu, but it was third-line rider Bing Gu, a member of the bronze medal winning side in Busan, Korea in 2002, who provided the best score for the home team.

The Malaysians had team gold in their sights coming to these Games after taking silver in Doha in 2006 but were disappointed with their third-place result. Japan placed fourth and Chinese Taipei fifth.

Hwang credited his success to intensive training in Germany with Martin Schaudt, balancing studying Sports Science in Seoul and training in Germany. “I made good use of vacations and did most of my training during the break,” he said.

Silver medallist Quzandria Mahama Fathil, who works with Denmark’s Andreas Helgstrand, said sibling rivalry was not an issue for herself or her brother. “Since I was little I’ve been in a good relationship with my brother. We’re used to standing on the podium together. We have prepared and have the best horses, so we were hoping we could win,” she said.

Qabil quipped: “My sister and I are used to competing together and I’m very proud of us winning two medals together. Also I’m very happy that my sister has got the silver medal – although I’d like to have won it too!”

Results:
Dressage Team Championship:
1 (Gold) R.O. Korea 65.759% – Pleasure (Dong Seon Kim) 62.167, Dark Secret (Kyun Sub Kim) 61.778, Laura (Young Shik Hwang) 68.333, Ricco (Jun Sang Choi) 66.778.
2 (Silver) China 65.593% – Kosmopolit An (Qiao Cai) 64.389, Uris (Zhuoqin) 65.833, Donovan-Bailey (Bing Gu) 66.556, Cortez (Lina Liu) 63.944.
3 (Bronze) Malaysia 65.111% – Stravinsky (Diani Lee Cheng) 63.500, Odurin (Soraya Putii Alia) 62.722, Wup (Mohd Qabil Mahamad Fathil) 66.111, Handsome (Quzandria Nur Binti Mahama Fathil) 65.722.

Dressage Individual Championship:

1 (Gold) Laura (Young Shik Hwang) KOR 73.134; 2 (Silver) Handsome (Quzandria Nur Binti Mahama Fathil) MAS 71.558; 3 (Bronze) Wup (Mohd Qabil Mahamad Fathil) MAS 71.195.