South Korean rollerskater Jung Cheol-won dedicated a cardinal sin of sport Monday by celebrating too early, together with his “massive mistake” costing his nation an Asian Video games gold medal.
Jung was left red-faced after being the anchor for his three-man staff within the males’s 3,000m relay ultimate at Qintang Curler Sports activities Centre.
Pondering he had simply crushed Huang Yu-lin, he eased up and raised his arms in celebration, just for the Taiwanese skater to lunge together with his leg throughout the road first in 4min 05.692sec to win by one-hundredth of a second.
“I made a reasonably massive mistake. I didn’t come at full velocity to the end line. I let my guard down too early,” mentioned a sheepish Jung.
“I’m very sorry. I apologize to my teammates and to our followers who supported us.
“All of us labored very onerous collectively for this, and it’s all my fault.”
Taiwan’s Huang mentioned it was a “miracle” that he gained, together with his coach drumming it into him that you just by no means hand over.
“I noticed they have been celebrating, however I wished to inform them, when you have been celebrating, I used to be nonetheless combating,” he mentioned.
“I wasn’t positive whether or not I had reached the end line in time.
“I believed it was such a disgrace that I used to be just a bit bit quick, after which the outcomes got here up on the display screen exhibiting that I had gained by one hundredth of a second, and it was only a miracle.”
Taiwan’s ladies rubbed salt within the wounds by profitable their 3,000m relay ultimate, additionally consigning South Korea to silver.