During the 2016 Olympics hosted in the Brazilian City of Rio De Janeiro there will be medals awarded in 28 different sports. However for many the blue ribbon discipline is the Athletics (Track & Field).
The Athletics events take place during the middle weekend and second week of the games, starting on Day 7 (Friday August 12th) and finishing on Day 16 (Sunday August 21st). Most of the build up to the athletics hasn’t been very positive focusing on the Russian Doping Ban instead of focusing on the sport.
Although this isn’t a sport South Korea isn’t very competitive in, most (if not all) of the finals will be shown on Korean TV.
It’s useful to remember for the Olympics as a whole that the time difference between Seoul and Rio De Janerio is around 12hrs. So the morning events take place in the evening Korea Time and the Evening events in the morning.
Rio 2016 Olympics Athletics Finals South Korea Times
Here are the key dates and times for the Rio 2016 Olympics Athletics Finals with Korea start times;
Friday August 12th
Women’s 10,000m at 11.10pm
Saturday August 13th
Men’s 20km Walk at 2.30am
Women’s Shot Put at 10am
Men’s Discus at 10.50pm
Sunday August 14th
Men’s Long Jump at 8.50am
Men’s 10,000m at 9.25am
Women’s 100m at 10.35am
Women’s Heptathlon at 10.53am
Women’s Marathon at 9.30pm
Monday August 15th (National Holiday)
Women’s Triple Jump at 8.55am
Men’s 400m at 10am
Men’s 100m at 10.25am
Women’s Hammer at 10.40pm
Women’s 3000m Steeplechase at 11.15pm
Tuesday August 16th
Men’s Pole Vault at 8.35am
Men’s 800m at 10.25am
Women’s 400m at 10.45am
Men’s Triple Jump at 9.50pm
Women’s Discus Throw at 11.20pm
Wednesday August 17th
Women’s 1500m at 10.30am
Men’s 110m hurdles at 10.45am
Men’s 3000m Steeplechase at 11.50pm
Thursday August 18th
Women’s Long Jump at 9.15am
Women’s 200m at 10.30am
Women’s 100 hurdles at 11.55am
Men’s 400m Hurdles at Midnight
Friday August 19th
Men’s Shot Put at 8.30am
Women’s Javelin at 9.10am
Men’s Decathlon at 9.45am
Women’s 400m Hurdles at 10.15am
Men’s 200m at 10.30am
Men’s 50km Walk at 8pm
Saturday August 20th
Women’s 20km Walk at 2.30am
Women’s Pole Vault at 8.30am
Men’s Hammer at 9.05am
Women’s 5000m at 9.40am
Women’s 4x100m Relay at 10.15am
Men’s 4x100m Relay at 10.35am
Sunday August 21st
Women’s High Jump at 8.30am
Men’s Javelin at 8.55am
Men’s 1500m at 9am
Women’s 800m at 9.15am
Men’s 5000m at 9.30am
Women’s 4x400m Relay at 10am
Men’s 4x400m Relay at 10.35am
Men’s Marathon at 9.30pm
*Start times at subject to change*
South Korea Olympic Athletics Squad for Rio 2016
South Korea has an athletics squad of 15 athletes, 10 men and 5 women. 7 of them will be competing in the Road Walking Races, 4 in the Marathon and 3 in field events. Just one has been entered into/qualified for the track events. For a nation that hosted the Asian Games just 2 years ago and the World Athletics Championship 5 years, you’d feel that a few more Korean Usain Bolts might have been discovered. At the 2014 Asian Games they won 10medals in the athletic events. However here are the South Korean Competitors with as much information has we could find;
Men’s 100 meters
He has a personal best of 10.16 a national record set last year. Has a bye into the 2nd round quarter finals.
Update: Failed to progress from the 1st round / Quarter Final with a time of 10.37
Men’s 20km Walk
Disqualified at the 2015 World Championships, 31st at the London 2012 Olympics.
25years old, PB 1:21:52. 45th at the 2015 World Championships, maybe of team runner / pace setter.
4th place at the 2011 World Championships and Asian Games Silver Medalist. PB 1:19:13 a national record.
Update: Kim Hyun-Sub finished in 17th place, with Byun Young-Joon and Choe Byung-Kwang some way behind in 61st and 57th.
Men’s 50km Walk
Has a PB of (4:01:06), better at the short distance.
13th at the London 2012 Olympics and silver medalist at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. National Record holder (3:45:55).
Personal Best of 2:13:28 25years old.
Set a personal best of 2:12:34 in Japan in February.
Men’s Long Jump & Triple Jump
2010 Asian Games Winner (Long Jump) and Silver Medalist in 2014. PB 8.22m set in June.
3rd at the 2014 Asian Games (Triple Jump) and winner of the 2015 Asian Championships. PB 17.10m
Holds both National Records.
Update: Finished 14th with a jump of 7.82m in the Qualifying Round and sadly did advance to the final.
Update: Failed to progress to the triple jump final with a best of 16.32m
Men’s High Jump
20years old and a former World Youth Champion. PB 2.25m set in July.
Made the final of the Asian Games, has a PB of 2.32m set last year.
Update: Both failed to make the final in a difficult competition.
Women’s 20km Walk
Disqualified during the race at the London 2012 Olympics and 27th at last years World Championships.
Only 19 years old with a personal best of 1hr 34.47mins.
35th at last years World Championships.
Set her personal best of 2hrs 32.15mins this March in Seoul.
33years old and finished 76th at the London 2012 Olympics.
Update: An Seul-Ki finished in 42nd place in a time of 2:36.50 and Lim Kyung-Hee finished in 70th in a time of 2:43.31
Firstly a couple of websites that we referenced for the information;