5 Asian Olympians in The Guardian’s to-watch list

04 August 2016

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The Guardian UK recently released their top 100 to-watch list of Olympians at the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Here are the Asian Olympians who were singled out as the ones to watch this year at the Rio Games.

Kohei Uchimura, Japan 

Sport: Gymnastics | Event: Artistic programme

Japan's Kohei Uchimura competes on the pommel horse on the third day of the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships at the Hydro Arena in Glasgow on October 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANAN

The youngest in this list, the 27-year-old will be competing in the Olympic Games for the third time, having made his Olympic debut at Beijing 2008.  Nicknamed “Super-mura”,  Kohei Uchimura is the defending champion of the artistic gymnastic All-Around.

Saori Yoshida, Japan

Sport: Wrestling | Event: Freestyle bantamweight

Japan's Saori Yoshida (blue) fights Mongolia's Byambatseren Sundev during their women's 55kg freestyle gold medal wrestling match at Dowon Gymnasium at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SPORT WRESTLING)
Saori Yoshida (left) against Mongolia’s Byambatseren Sundev.

Dubbed the “greatest female wrestler of all time” by the Olympics organisation, and rightfully so with 13 world titles under her belt. The three-time defending Olympic champion was the flag bearer for Japan at the 2012 London Games and will be the first woman to captain the Japanese team at the Rio Games.

Lee Chong Wei, Malaysia 

Sport: Badminton | Event: Singles

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After serving a backdated eight-month doping ban, Lee rose back up in the ranks to reclaim his spot as World Number One, where he remained for 199 weeks prior to the ban. The Guardian reckons it might be time for the two-time silver Olympic medalist (Beijing 2008 and London 2012) to bring home Malaysia’s first ever Olympic gold.

South Korea women’s archery team

Event: Team

south korean women archery team rio 2016

Since the women’s team archery events was introduced at the Seoul Game since 1988,  the South Korean team has championed seven out of the seven Games. This year’s women’s archery team consists of Ki Bo-bae, Choi Mi-sun and Chang Hye-jin. Could they be taking home lucky number eight this year at Rio?

Jin Jong-oh, South Korea 

Sport: Shooting: | Event: 10m pistol, 50m pistol

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Three-time Olympic champion, Jin Jong-oh is said to be one of South Korea’s most successful Olympian. Bagging gold for both 10m and 50m events at the London Games, The Guardian notes that Jin will be aiming for a double-double at Rio.

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Written by Dee May

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