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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:48 pm
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Geeeeez....how time flies !!!

The son of Asian/World Champion in table tennis Jiao Zhimin is already 17 years old, and on the verge of becoming a golf champion of the prestigious US Amateur Golf Championship. :shock:


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http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/a ... yeong79666

Korean creeps closer to history

[size=109][b]By JIMMIE TRAMEL, World Sports Writer
Published: 8/29/2009 8:54 PM
Last Modified: 8/29/2009 8:54 PM

Byeong-Hun An is on the verge of making three-fold history.

If the 17-year-old survives a match play final against Ben Martin, An will become: The youngest U.S. Amateur champ ever.

The first Korean to win the tournament.

And the first golfer ever to require a shopping trip to Southern Hills


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 10:05 pm
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golf is good for making money but it aint that much to brag about since its not in world competition. congrats to the youngster.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 10:30 pm
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An Byeong-Hun's mother is Jiao Zhimin, ex Asian Champion, World Champion of China in table tennis.

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And her love story/romance with An Jae-hyung, a national team table-tennis player of South Korea was a well known story for old-timers like myself.


An Jae-hyung met Jiao Zhimin in 1984 Asian Championship in Pakistan, the year Jiao Zhimin was crowned Asian Champion.

It was love at first sight on the Korean part. An Jae-hyung started to send gifts and letters to Jiao Zhimin right afterwards.

Then in 1986 Asian Games in Seoul, their romance story were leaked by the paparazzi. China's men table tennis team lost the gold medal to the South Korean team that year while Jiao Zhimin won gold medal in women single. And there were allegations/rumors flying in China that Jiao Zhimin acted as a "spy" for the South Korean team that China lost the gold medal, which Jiao was very upset and frustrated with.


Then in 1988 Seoul Olympics, there was this incident known as one of the biggest "scandals" in Chinese table tennis.

Jiao Zhimin was one of the 3 Chinese players that entered the semi final of women single. She was the hot favorite to win the gold medal.

But in order to safeguard the gold medal, Jiao Zhimin was demanded by her head coach to purposedly lose to another of her Chinese opponents in the semi-final, cos the other side of the semi final pitched a Chinese player with a player from Czech Republic who beat Jiao a year earlier in the 1987 World Championship.

Jiao Zhimin had to obey, and lost to her compatriot in the semi final. She met the Czech player in the bronze medal game, beat the Czech player and got a bronze medal. Chen Jing, the player who later represented Chinese Taipei in international table tennis, won the gold medal that year.

Then broken-hearted and disappointed about the incident, the 26-years-old Zhao Zhimin withdrew and retired from the China national team at the top of her career right after the 1988 Seoul Olympics, and applied to leave for Sweden in 1989.

Meanwhile An Jae-hyung with special permission from senior government officials, was allowed to fly to Sweden while he was still serving his 2-year terms in the army to propose to Jiao Zhimin at the South Korean embassy in Stockholm.


The 2 then got married on December 22, 1989 in Seoul.



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 10:53 pm
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Jiao Zhimin is now a very successful business woman; she is the Chief Executive Officer for Omnitel (China) , a South Korean mobile phone company, ever since 2004, while her husband An Jae-hyung is a table tennis coach for South Korean university and spent alot of time accompanying his son on golf tournaments.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 11:10 pm
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A very nice documentary on her and her family.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP8D_okOabs


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 11:26 pm
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i checked on her profile but never stated she won gold in world championships.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 11:35 pm
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winning asian games aint that much since the great deng yaping lost there as well.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 12:25 am
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shokenchi wrote:
i checked on her profile but never stated she won gold in world championships.


Well Jiao Zhimin was a member of the China team who won gold in women team table tennis in the 1987 World Championship in New Delhi. So theorically, she was a world champion. :wink:

And that was the year that another famous match-fixing scandal in China's table tennis history happened. He Zhili (何智丽)was asked to throw away her match to Guan Jianhua in the semi final, but unlike Jiao Zhimin, she did not obey her coaches/superiors, went on to win the semi final, and then the Final.

She was then sort of dispelled from the national team and excluded from the team final roster for the 1988 Seoul Olympics despite she was only 24 years old that year, at her prime, and ranked #1 in the world that year.

In order to continue pursuit of her international career, He Zhili then married Hideyuki Koyama, a Japanese national team table tennis player and went to Japan; and 6 years later, at the Asian Games in Hiroshima, representing Japan, He Zhili (then known as Chire Koyama 小山智丽 knocked out Qiao Hong, Chen Jing and Deng Yaping of China , all three of whom were amongst Top 10 in the world, in a single day, and won the Asian Championship at the age of 30 years old.

That was one of the very rare defeats of the legendary Deng Yaping (who was 23 years old then) in international competitions.


He Zhili was labelled as a traitor ever since.....

Even the legendary Zhuang Zedong 庄则栋 had to write a self-criticism on account of He Zhili.
:shock: Zhuang's wife is a Japanese. Their marriage was specially approved by Deng Xiaoping cos Zhuang Zedong had some political black spots due to his association with the Gang of Four. One time, Zhuang and his wife went on a family visit in Japan and He Zhili came to visit them. They even played table tennis for more than an hour. After He Zhili won the championship at the Asian Games in Hiroshima, someone informed on Zhuang that he had coached He Zhili. The superiors wanted Zhuang Zedong to write a self-criticism. Zhuang thought that this was risible, because he said, "Why would a world class top player like He Zhili need my coaching?"


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 1:06 am
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well i mean for individual gold for jiao zhimin, who i never known of until now. u stated about he zhili be4 but i dunno about her neither. only deng yaping comes to mind in the 90s. then wang nan and zhang yining. most table tennis fans wouldnt know about these women.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 3:43 pm
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With his father An Jae-hyung by his side as his caddy, An Byeong-Hun beat Ben Martin to win the prestigious US Amateur Golf Championship to become the youngest U.S. amateur champ ever.

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