She may have passed the age of 8,000, but the ‘Ironman’ race is alive and well. Para-cyclist Lee Do-yeon, 51, of the North Korean Para-Cycling Federation, won her third straight Para-Asian Games title.
Lee won the women’s handcycle (H1-5) road solo gold medal at the Hangzhou 2022 Para Asian Games on Saturday, covering 13.5 kilometers of the Chuan Jiexiu Sports Center Cycle Road Course in Hangzhou, China, in 23:35.80. Para-cycling involves different types of bicycles depending on the type of impairment, and Lee, a paraplegic, rides a handcycle, which means she lies on her back and rolls the pedals with her arms. In a road solo, competitors start at one-minute intervals and compete for their personal best time.
Lee clocked 10:21.91 in the first leg of the race, 4.11 seconds behind China’s Sun B & N (10:17.80), but she picked up the pace in the second half. Her final time was 15.65 seconds faster. When he met with the press in the joint press area after the race, he was told the time by a reporter and cheered when he realized he had won first place. He then said, “I’m the oldest athlete here. I was intimidated by the younger guys, but I came here as a national team member, so I used my age as an excuse and ran like hell.”
Lee’s accomplishments as an athlete are remarkable. Paralyzed in an accident at age 19, he didn’t pick up a table tennis racket until he was 34. At 40, he took up track and field, winning three gold medals at the 2012 Paralympic Games (Korean records in the javelin, discus, and shot put) before switching back to handcycling in 2013. The following year, he became the first Asian athlete to win an international Para-cycling event (2014 Para-Cycling World Cup in Italy), signaling the emergence of the “42-year-old comet” to the world.
He went on to win back-to-back titles in Incheon in 2014 and Indonesia in 2018, when he returned to the top of the podium for a third consecutive title. In 2018, he won the Para Nordic skiing (cross-country and biathlon) gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics, just over a year after learning to ski, so he’s a natural athlete. “I’m grateful to my ancestors. I’ve always been physically gifted from a young age. I was tired of being disabled and rehabilitated, but I think I did well every time because of my natural body,” he laughed.
“I like (cycling road race) the most because it’s not a battle with others, but with myself,” she said, “I feel proud that I beat myself.” “When I’m running, I think about a lot of things, and (when I’m) pushing myself, my body is not my own,” said Lee, who once again overcame herself. “I tell my body and my bike, ‘You two are one, run well,'” she said. “I want to have a race where I am not ashamed of myself until the moment I get off the bike,” she added.메이저놀이터
Lee will compete in the 41.4-kilometer individual pursuit on Sunday. If he wins gold in this event, he will have won two gold medals in three consecutive Para Asian Games.
Earlier in the day, the men’s visually impaired (MB) 18.5-kilometer road race was won by the 31-year-old pair of Kim Jung-bin and Yoon Jung-heon (Jeonbuk Para Cycling Federation), who crossed the finish line in 23:13.71. It was the first double gold medal for the pair, who won their first gold medal of the Games in the 4000-meter individual pursuit on March 23. They ride a two-seater bike called a tandem bike, with their able-bodied partner Yoon Joong-heon holding the steering wheel and pedaling together. They received their medals together.