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pryuen
Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:48 pm Reply with quote
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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. Shocked


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http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/article.aspx?subjectid=224&articleid=20090829_224_0_Byeong79666

Korean creeps closer to history

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’ pro shop before participating in a U.S. Amateur match play final.


An defeated Fresno State sophomore Bhavik Patel 3 and 2 in a Saturday semifinal.

Afterward, An used the words “weird” and “exciting” to describe his feelings about advancing this far in the country’s top tournament for amateur golfers.

It’s heady stuff for a high school kid whose original goal was just to reach the first round and who said he hasn’t won a tournament (excluding a U.S. Amateur qualifier) in five years.

One problem — or is it a wardrobe malfunction?

An didn’t pack enough apparel. He said he only brought five sets of clothes.

“Never did I think about getting to the finals,” he said.

So, after media obligations and lunch, An trekked down a hallway to the pro shop with his daddy/caddie, Jae, in tow.

Sixteen minutes and one fitting room trip later, An carried his new duds — white belt, white shorts with tan stripes and a white golf shirt — to the cash register.

Then An looked at the shirt label and it said — how could this not be good luck? — “made in Korea.”


Maybe the 2009 U.S. Amateur champ was made in Korea, too. Or maybe the guy from Rome (sort of) will have something to say about that.

An and Martin will play a 36-hole match play final at 8 a.m. Sunday. The second 18 is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Martin, born in Rome, Ga., is a senior at Clemson who turned 22 on Wednesday and celebrated with a post-round dinner at Zio’s.

Martin almost packed too many clothes. He acknowledged that, with a missed putt here or there, he could have been zapped in the early stages of match play. He needed 21 and 19 holes to survive his first two matches. His next two matches ended on the 17th hole.

Finally, Martin was able to breathe easier. He beat Texas senior Charlie Holland 5 and 4 in a Saturday semifinal, going 4 up after six holes.

“I just got off to an awful start,” Holland, who bogeyed six front-nine holes, said. “I was missing fairways and missing greens. I think the first fairway I hit was No. 7. Ben played great. I just didn’t have my game today.”

One more win by Martin would spoil An’s quest to supplant Danny Lee as the youngest U.S. Amateur champ ever. Lee was 18 years and 1 month old when he won the 2008 U.S. Amateur, stripping the “youngest ever” title away from Tiger Woods.

Wasn’t Lee also the first Korean to win the amateur? Lee was born in Korea, but is a citizen of New Zealand, where he has called home since age 8. That means An has a chance to become the first Korean to win the U.S. Amateur and it comes on the heels of Y.E. Yang becoming the first Korean to win a professional major.

An, who moved to the U.S. three and a half years ago to further his golf career, is a senior at Bradenton Prep in Florida. He has good bloodlines. His parents (dad is from Korea, mom is from China) were Olympic table tennis medalists at Seoul in 1988.


An chose to pursue golf balls instead of ping pong balls. As the table tennis story was being retold during An’s shopping trip, dad held up a golf ball and said “Same size.”
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shokenchi
Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:05 pm Reply with quote
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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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pryuen
Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:30 pm Reply with quote
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An Byeong-Hun's mother is Jiao Zhimin, ex Asian Champion, World Champion of China in table tennis.



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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pryuen
Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:53 pm Reply with quote
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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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ArcticMonkey2
Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 10:10 pm Reply with quote
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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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shokenchi
Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 10:26 pm Reply with quote
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i checked on her profile but never stated she won gold in world championships.
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shokenchi
Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 10:35 pm Reply with quote
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winning asian games aint that much since the great deng yaping lost there as well.
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pryuen
Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 11:25 pm Reply with quote
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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.
Shocked 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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shokenchi
Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 12:06 am Reply with quote
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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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pryuen
Posted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 2:43 pm Reply with quote
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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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