“Her eyes were red, she wasn’t really crying.”
A strong negative is a positive. The South Korean national League of Legends (LoL) team captain met the press with reddened eyes and insisted he wasn’t crying. It was a perfect victory that thrilled everyone who watched, and the coach deserves to bask in the jubilation.
The South Korean LoL team swept their ‘nemesis’ China 2-0 in the Hangzhou Asian Games Esports LoL semifinals at the Hangzhou Esports Center in Hangzhou, China on Monday. China did not take a single set. It was a ‘China sinking’. Korea now advances to the finals, where they will face the winner of the best-of-seven matchup between Taiwan and Vietnam for the gold medal on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. local time.
“I’ve been preparing since last year when I took the helm of the national team, and it was so hard when the tournament was postponed, but I’m really happy to beat China in the semifinals,” said coach Kim Jung-gyun in the post-match mixer, “but the tournament is not over yet, so we will prepare well until we win tomorrow. We can’t let our guard down,” he said. “It happens once in a while that you beat a strong team and then lose in the next game, so we will prepare thoroughly until the end,” he added.
However, his reddened eyes were noticeable as he spoke, and his voice trembled slightly. When asked by the press if he was in tears, Kim said, “No, I’m not really crying, it’s just that my eyes are red. I’ll cry tomorrow. I’ll cry tomorrow after winning the gold medal,” he said with a strong denial and a promise of tears.
As for who he expects to face in the final, between Taiwan and Vietnam, he has a hunch that whoever comes out on top will win. He also has a history of winning 2-0 against both of these countries in exhibition matches before coming to Hangzhou. Still, he’s not letting his guard down.
“I don’t know if Taiwan will come up, and it’s really something you can’t let your guard down on, it always slips when you think you’ve already beaten them, but we’ve been practicing everything for the past month,” Kim said, adding, “I think we’ll have a good result tomorrow if we set the direction of the game and prepare well.”토토사이트 “The goal for me and my teammates is gold, so we will definitely win and take home the gold medal.”
When asked if he would make another promise to his fans other than the tearful promise, he said, “Actually, I don’t think I have a promise yet. However, I want to make sure that we win the gold medal tomorrow so that everyone who supports the Korean team can smile, and I will definitely do that.”