Women's handball, volleyball teams in semifinal action
The Korean women's handball team will take on the reigning world champion Norway in the semifinal action Thursday. This is Korea's eighth straight semifinal appearance in Olympic women's handball. Korea and Norway drew 27-27 in their group stage last week.
The women's volleyball squad is also among the last four standing and will battle the U.S. for a berth in the gold medal match.
Elsewhere on Thursday, Son Yeon-jae will begin her quest for the country's first medal in Olympic rhythmic gymnastics. Son has posted top-10 finishes in a series of international events leading up to the Olympics. The 18-year-old will be in for a tough fight against the Russia's Daria Dmitrieva and Evgeniya Kanaeva.
Below are the medal standings for the top 10 countries at the London Olympics as of Wednesday.
RankCountry GoldSilverBronze Total
1 China 36221977
2 U.S. 34222581
4 South Korea127625
6 France 891128
8 Italy 76417
10 Kazakhstan 602 8
The following is the list of events for Korean athletes on Thursday. All times are local.
-Gymnastics (Wembley Arena)
Women's rhythmic, individual all-around, qualification (12 p.m.)
-Handball (Basketball Arena)
Women's semifinal vs. Norway (5 p.m.)
-Hockey (Riverbank Arena-Main Pitch)
Men's classification 7-8 match vs. Pakistan (11:30 a.m.)
-Volleyball (Earls Court)
Women's semifinal vs. U.S. (3 p.m.)
-Wrestling (ExCeL-North Arena 2)
Women's freestyle, 55㎏ (1 p.m.) (LONDON=Yonhap)