Asian Games 2014: South Korea rider wins home gold for fallen `Uncle Kim`

A South Korean equestrian rider kept a promise to honour an uncle who died after being crushed by his horse at the 2006 Asian Games with an emotional home gold on Saturday.

AFP| Updated: Sep 20, 2014, 17:39 PM IST
Asian Games 2014: South Korea rider wins home gold for fallen `Uncle Kim`

Incheon: A South Korean equestrian rider kept a promise to honour an uncle who died after being crushed by his horse at the 2006 Asian Games with an emotional home gold on Saturday.

Kim Hyun-Sub`s victory in the team dressage in Incheon meant the Koreans retained the Asian Games title they won in Guangzhou four years ago.

His uncle Kim Hyung-Chil died while competing at the 2006 Doha Games. His horse clipped a fence, sending the rider crashing to the ground. The horse, whose hoof had got caught in the hurdle, landed on top of him. 

Kim Hyung-Chil died instantly from multiple skull fractures, the first fatal casualty at an equestrian eventing cross-country competition at the quadrennial event.

The uncle died without having won a gold medal, bronze in 1986 and silver in 2002 his best showing When Kim captured gold in Guangzhou he tearfully dedicated his triumph to his uncle.

But the 33-year-old credited his uncle for his new success too, claiming he was watching over him.

"Everything I do on a horse I learned from him," he said. "Every time I ride I think of him."

Kim, considered less of a medal contender in the individual events than team-mates Kim Dong-Sun and Hwang Young-Shik, insisted he could still produce a surprise.

"There is very little between us in terms of talent," he said. "Whoever avoids making mistakes will win the gold medal."