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2012 London Olympics – Soccer: Park Chu-Young and South Korea beats Japan for bronze in soccer

South Korea’s soccer players won bronze with a 2-0 win over Japan, but many admitted they were also celebrating an even greater prize: the chance to skip military service.

Medal winners in South Korea are exempted from the 21-months of duty that their fellow countrymen must do before they are 29 because their endeavors are seen as benefiting the country.

The victory and military service exemption removes a major hurdle faced by many other top Korean footballers to pursuing a career in European leagues.

‘‘I’m very happy to win the bronze medal and everybody here will now get a new chance by being exempted from military service,” said striker Park Chu-young, who scored a stunning first goal.

The bronze was South Korea’s first soccer medal. Japan has also won just one medal — also a bronze — in 1968, the last time an Asian team got an Olympic award.

via South Korea beats Japan for bronze in soccer – The Boston Globe.


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