“It’s a court that came back, but I have to go to the Paris Olympics. I am confident.”
In 2017, before an unknown injury came. Jeon Hyeok-jin (28, Yonex), who was considered the next-generation ace of Korean badminton men’s singles, was ranked 17th in the world. Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto climbed from 40th to 60th. At that time, Jeon Hyuk-jin was overwhelming Nishimoto with 5 wins and 1 loss in the opponent record먹튀검증. On the 17th, in the men’s singles match between Korea and Japan in the third round of the Group D World Mixed Team Championships (Sudirman Cup) held in Suzhou, China, the two, who were reunited after six years, took opposite positions. Jeon Hyuk-jin, who had a gap of about two and a half years in the middle, ranked 69th in the world and Nishimoto ranked 15th. Among the five events, Korea was evaluated to be particularly behind Japan in men’s singles. Jeon Hyuk-jin laughed at these expectations and won the match 2-0, becoming a stepping stone to Korea’s perfect 5-0 victory. The World Badminton Federation (BWF) said on its website, “Japan has never suffered such a shocking defeat recently.”
Jeon Hyeok-jin said, “In the past, Nishimoto was weak to me, but after 6 years, my playing style and disposition all change.” I went into the game with the thought of forgetting it and bumping into it.” At the same time, he added, “I had confidence by inheriting the momentum of the mixed doubles, but a good result came out as I easily won the first set and scored at an important moment in the second set.”
Jeon Hyeok-jin, who was with Korea in 2017 when they stood at the top of the Sudirman Cup by blocking China’s seven-game losing streak, said, “I’m the eldest now, but my ranking is the lowest.” I will think about it and I will do my best so that we can achieve good results this time too.”
Jeon Hyeok-jin, who returned to the court in the fall of 2020 when Corona 19 was in full swing, wore the Taegeuk mark again at the end of that year and won the Korea Masters in April last year. A month later, in the quarterfinals of the World Men’s Team Championships (Thomas Cup) against Denmark, he defeated Anders Antonsen, then world number 3. However, after that, he struggled in low-ranking competitions, such as falling in the preliminary round of the challenge, and came to a plateau.
In the meantime, the 2024 Paris Olympics, which I have been dreaming of since coming back after recovering from an injury, is about a year away. For Jeon Hyuk-jin, his performance at the Sudirman Cup, the first event to accumulate points for participating in the Paris Olympics, provided an opportunity for a rebound. Points accumulated by the end of April next year will determine advancing to the Olympic finals, and to go to Paris, he must raise his world ranking to the top 40 through a forced march.
Hyukjin Jeon said, “I am always thinking and preparing hard. He is confident,” he said. “I want to achieve good results in the Hangzhou Asian Games, while also achieving my dream of becoming a top 10 player in the world since I was young. I will aim for more than that,” he said, shining his eyes.