I talked with Hi Shang Kun veteran runner and
the winner of the 3,000 meter race, He seemed proud that he had
brought home the bacon for his camp. He had a good right to be
proud for the pace he set would be hard for
anyone to follow.
As a whole the Koreans outshone everyone in the
400 meter sprint by sending five men to the semi-finals.
During all these events the little cheerleader Ko Su Wang kept
the group of spectators amused with his clever
be-bop dances. At noon time the Korean entertainer paraded the
entire field in strange costumes while playing
ancient Korean music.
Immediately after the pole vault was finished the
Koreans took the spotlight again by performing many interesting
tricks on the horizontal bar. Hand stands, body flips, and shoulder
spins were only a few of the different types of
tricks shown by them. Everyone I talked to thought that the Korean
team was definitely the best when it came to
Proper courtesy was shown by the Korean athletes
at all times and never was there any argument put forth by
their athletes, although sometimes they lost by only a hair. They
deserve a lot of praise for their spirit and
sportsmanship shown so far in the Athetic Meet.
1952 Olympic Roundup