INCHEON, South Korea (AFP) – A 13-year-old South Korean sailor won a battle of the youngsters at the Asian Games – and then said how much he missed his mum and dad.
Park Sung-Bin said, “I love you mum and dad!” after he claimed gold in the men’s optimist one-man dinghy event in Incheon, South Korea.
“I miss my mom and dad so much. Also my coach,” said Park, adding that his mind was also on food.
“I want to go grab some food. I have lost weight until now. I’m so hungry,” he said.
Despite his youth, Park, who stands just 5ft 1in (1.55m) tall and weighs 46 kilos (101 pounds) was far from being the youngest competitor in his race.
Silver medallist Raynn Kwok of Singapore is 12 and Thailand’s Suthon Yampinid, who took bronze, will be 14 in December.
But the youngest racer was Qatar’s Ghanim Al Suwaidi, who only turned 10 in June.
“I’m really happy. I think practising using home advantage was effective. I feel great,” said Park.