#OlympicGolf Q&A: Wang ready to shoot for gold

Fri 05 Aug 2016

#OlympicGolf Q&A: Wang ready to shoot for gold

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Sentosa, Singapore, August 5: Young Korean golfer Jeunghun Wang will add another feather to his cap when he represents his nation in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next week.
Already a two-time winner this season, the 20-year-old talks about his excitement to be a part of golf’s return into the Games following a lapse of 112 years.
1. What does it mean to you to try to win a medal and represent your country at the world's greatest sporting spectacle?
I’m very honoured to have the opportunity to play in the Olympics. It feels really good to have the chance because K.T. Kim decided to not play. I understand his decision to withdraw and I have to do my best for the Korean fans and for my country. I’m so proud to represent my country.
2. Compared to your other achievements in your young career, where does competing in the Olympics rank for you?
I’m not sure how I will feel as I’m not there yet but I’m sure it’s going to be a great feeling. That’s probably because I’m going to be using the Korean flag on my apparels which is going to be quite special.
3. Will winning an Olympic medal surpass the joy of winning on the Asian Tour or any other Major Tours in the world?
I think it will be very different. When you play in a regular golf tournament, I’m playing for myself. But at the Olympics, I’m playing for Korea and all Korean sports fans. It’s going to be really good if I can win a medal. I will try my best.
4. Are you planning to spend some time watching other sports while you are in Rio?
I hope so. We’ll have to see if we can make time to watch some other sports. I enjoy watching shooting as Korean shooters have done well in the Olympics in the past. So that would be something I’m aiming for.
5. Growing up, what are your thoughts on the Olympics, what was your favourite sport that you would follow?
I watched everything as I love sports. I thought the Olympics was the best event ever even when I was a kid. Korea is very successful in shooting and archery, so I would watch a lot of those events on TV.
6. If you can compete in another Olympic sport, which one would it be?
I would love to compete in shooting as it’s one of the most interesting sports.
7. What's your most memorable Olympic memory?
In the Olympic Games, a young Korean shooter was leading in one of the categories but he lost out on the gold medal to an older Korean shooter at the very last round. It was very exciting.
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