“This is so special; I just feel so lucky with all the people I have around me,” said the intellectual property lawyer minutes after the sensational win.
“I have an amazing team this year – I feel like this is for everyone, not just for myself.”
Unassuming Kim, a bronze medallist in the single sculls in London in 2012, came into Rio a red-hot favourite after being undefeated for the last two years.
But her invincibility took a huge hit after she finished third in her heat, then qualified for the final with a semi-final win four seconds slower than China’s Duan Jingli recorded in winning the second semi.
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This article originally appeared on New Idea.