Lim Jong-hoon (28, Korea Exchange) – Shin Yu-bin (19, Korean Air) will challenge the mixed doubles medal at the 2023 Table Tennis World Championships. 

The table tennis world championships are held in odd-numbered years for individual events and even-numbered years for team competitions. This year’s singles and doubles event will be held in Durban, South Africa on the 20th (Korean time). 

In table tennis, where China has been super strong for a long time, mixed doubles is the only event that has the potential to beat China. Japan also took the gold medal in table tennis mixed doubles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

Korea’s Lim Jong-hun and Shin Yu-bin won one gold medal last year and two silver medals this year at the World Table Tennis (WTT), an international competition. He was seeded 8th in mixed doubles at the World Championships. 

Shin Yubin recently focused on weight안전놀이터 training and used a powerful forehand, and Im Jonghoon’s backhand is good, so the two of them have good chemistry in a mixed doubles group. 

The fact that Shin Yu-bin has a unique determination for the World Championships is also a motivating factor. Yubin Shin withdrew from the Houston World Championships two years ago after injuring her wrist. She has since undergone a lengthy rehabilitation, undergoing two surgeries only on her wrist. She was injured last year at the World Championships in Chengdu (team event) and she was unable to make it to the national team. She is determined to win her first world championship medal in this competition. 

Lim Jong-hoon also plays in men’s doubles with Jang Woo-jin (Army Sports Corps). They are the silver medalists in men’s doubles at the 2021 Houston World Championships, and were seeded second in the event. Jang Woo-jin said that it was a great regret for not being able to cross the threshold of winning even after going to the finals, and said, “I will not repeat such a thing this time.” 

On the other hand, at the World Championships two years ago, the Korean singles had the best results with male Lim Jong-hoon reaching the round of 16 and female Seo Hyo-won reaching the quarterfinals. 

The men’s team at the World Championships will be coached by Joo Sae-hyeok, and the women’s team will be led by coach Oh Kwang-heon. The men’s team will include Lim Jong-hoon and Jang Woo-jin, Lee Sang-soo (Samsung Life Insurance), Ahn Jae-hyeon (Korea Exchange), and Cho Seung-min (Samsung Life Insurance). For women, Shin Yu-bin, Jeon Ji-hee (Mirae Asset Securities), Seo Hyo-won, Choi Hyo-joo (Korea Racing Association), and Lee Si-on (Samsung Life Insurance) will compete. 

Seung-min Yoo, president of the Korea Table Tennis Association, said, “I look forward to the first ever gold medal in mixed doubles, a ‘strategic event’ aimed at the 2024 Paris Olympics.” I want to show you what I do,” he said. 

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