THE HAGUE/SEOUL, April 19 (Joint Press Corps-Yonhap) — South Korea clinched its first gold medal at an international sports competition in the Netherlands for wounded soldiers and veterans around the world, organizers announced on Tuesday.
Kim Kang-hun, a 37-year-old archer, won the men’s recurve archery gold medal on Monday (local time) over Romanian rival Emil Florin CoJocaru 6-0 at the Invictus Games of The Hague 2020.
South Korea is taking part in the Games for the first time. The seven-day event which kicked off on Saturday was originally scheduled for 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Even if you were injured, you shouldn’t be too discouraged,” Kim told reporters after winning the gold medal. “Even if you’re disabled, there are things you can do on a regular basis. If you do your best in the spirit of ‘I can do it’, you’ll get a good result.”
Kim suffered a spinal injury from a misfire accident while serving in the military in 2006.
After being discharged from the military, Kim joined the Gyeongsangnamdo Sports Association for the Disabled rugby team, where he played for 10 years. Kim started her archery career five years ago.
Also on Monday, South Koreans Seo Won-bae and Kang Cha-soo each won bronze in the men’s 100m athletics and shot put.
The country has sent 11 athletes to the event, which runs until Friday, to compete in 10 competitions. He hopes to add another medal to the cycling event scheduled for Friday.
Founded by Prince Harry of the British Royal Family in 2014, the Games invite injured, serving and retired military personnel.