Athletics’ Lim Joon-beom, 24, has been named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the National Paralympic Games.
Lim received 10 out of 34 votes in the journalists’ MVP voting at the 43rd National Paralympic Games, which concluded on August 8. The prize is worth 3 million won. Lim won four events in the men’s T3 visually impaired category – the 800 meters, 1500 meters, 5000 meters, and 10-kilometer marathon – setting new Korean records in all four. He won four titles in four consecutive events.
“I felt like I was walking on clouds when I heard the news,” said Lim. I’m grateful to my teachers and the people at the Korean Sports Federation who helped me from the beginning.”
Lim was born blind in one eye. His mother, Kim Kyu-hee, a physical education teacher, encouraged him to try judo with able-bodied athletes in middle school, and he took up track and field at the invitation of the Korean Paralympic Committee. In 2017, the 36th
Rookie of the Year award went to Kim Ji-hye (17-Gwangju) in track and field. Kim won three titles in the F13 visually impaired category, setting new Korean records in the discus, javelin and shot put. She took home a prize of 1 million won. Kim is one of five siblings, three of whom are Para athletes. Her brother, Kim Cheon-chun (23), won the men’s triple in the same event, and her sister, Kim Sun-jung (16), competed in track and won the women’s 100m, 200m, and 400m.
The Best Fellow Award went to Kang Chang-wan (Gyeongnam) in swimming, the Leader Award to Kang Yong-seok (Chungnam) in volleyball and Lee Myung-woo (Incheon) in track and field, and the Referee Award to Choi Yong-bae in taekwondo.
Gyeonggi Province won the overall title with 232,976.36 points. It was their third consecutive victory. Seoul (206,015.19 points) and host Jeollanam-do (177,532.95 points) finished second and third. Jeonnam won the Leap Award for improving its performance from last year, while Jeju Island won the Challenge Award for having the most impressive showing among the lower-ranked teams. 토토사이트
The Fun Athletes participated in the Games as a full squad (30 athletes) and competed in four events. Swimmer Park Jung-ho (19) participated in the athletes’ competition (S9 grade) and placed fourth in the 50-meter freestyle.
Meanwhile, the closing ceremony held at the Mokpo Indoor Gymnasium on the 8th was attended by Jeong Jin-wan, President of the Korean Para Sports Federation, Kim Young-rok, Governor of Jeollanam-do, Park Hong-ryul, Mayor of Mokpo, and more than 1,000 athletes and residents.