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Korean-American judoka Sarah Chung comes back to Korea for 2015 IBSA World Games in Seoul

Korean-American judoka Sarah Chung, wearing the blue judogi in the women's +70kg at the 2015 IBSA World Games in Seoul, Korea. Image credit: EJ Monica Kim.

Judoka Sarah Chung, American of Korean descent came to Korea to represent the United States at the 2015 IBSA World Games in Seoul between May 10 and 17.

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“This is really meaningful competition for me. Of course, judo competition is my priority, but I’m happy that I can also see my family in Korea which I haven’t seen for about 15 years. So this means a lot to me coming here,” Chung said.

Korean-American judoka Sarah Chung competing at the 2015 IBSA World Games in Seoul, Korea. Image credit: EJ Monica Kim.

Korean-American judoka Sarah Chung competing at the 2015 IBSA World Games in Seoul, Korea. Image credit: EJ Monica Kim.

She was proud to be part of the Team USA. “USA, it’s a diverse community. It means a lot to have such a diverse group of people from all over states, so I’m really proud to represent my country.”

Crystal Lake, Illinois native Chung competed in the women’s +70kg at the Seoul Student Gymnasium in Seoul, Korea on May 14. Although she beat Thailand’s Methawadee Nantharak in the round 16, she lost to Belarusian Arina Kachan and Brazilian Deanne Silva de Almeida in the quarter final and in the repachage quarter final, respectively.

“I was lucky to win in the round 16. Once I’m back to the States, I definitely want to do a little bit more transition work. I’ll also try to work with bigger people, because it is hard to find my weight-class judokas in the United States. I’ll just train as much as I can, and keep going.”

She said that she is also planning to continue Brazilian jiu jitsu with judo training. “I also pracise Brazilian jiu jitsu. It helps my ground work techniques a little bit. I want to continue doing both, but judo is always my priority,” she said.

Now she is gearing up for the next tournament, 2015 ParaPan American Games in Toronto, Canada.

“I’m planning to do well in Toronto. I would like to represent the United States there, again. I would definitely like to hit the next competition.”

About EJ Monica Kim (41 Articles)
EJ Monica Kim completed B.A (Media and Communications) at The University of Sydney. She is a freelance journalist and writer at the International Paralympic Committee [IPC], based in Seoul, Korea.

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