• Inbee Park says she would like to start a family
• However, adds: "I haven't planned for anything at moment"
OLYMPIC GOLF | INBEE PARK
Inbee Park has insisted she has no plans to retire from competitive golf after winning Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro.
The 28-year-old South Korean, who cantered to a five-shot victory as women’s golf made its return to the Games for the first time in 116 years, told reporters afterwards that rumours that she may step away from the sport in order to start a family had been greatly exaggerated.
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“Eventually, I'd like to have a family but there is no plan for retirement at the moment,” said Park. “I really haven't planned for anything right now.”
Seven-time major winner Park, who earlier this year became the youngest player ever to become eligible for the LPGA Hall of Fame, hadn’t played a competitive round of golf for two months coming into Rio as she tried to recover from a thumb injury that has blighted her season. As a result, she admitted she surprised herself by winning.
"I've worked really hard for this week and the hard work really paid off" - Inbee Park
“I didn’t know if I could perform well this week or not because I really haven't performed well this year with the injury,” said Park.
“Being able to overcome injury this week and being able to play good, I've worked really hard for this week and the hard work really paid off, so I'm really happy.
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“This is definitely one of the special moments in my golfing career and in my whole life. It feels great. Obviously representing your country and winning the gold, it's so special.”
Meanwhile, silver medallist Lydia Ko, the world No.1 from New Zealand, said that getting onto the podium completed a dream she had held since golf was reinstated to the Games in 2009.
“My celebration was as if I had won gold,” said the 19-year-old, above. “This is a dream come true. It has been just an amazing week.”
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