This year, MBC’s “2017 Idol Star Athletics Championships” was broadcast as a Lunar New Year special on January 30, with Lee Soo Geun, Apink’s Jung Eun Ji, and Jun Hyun Moo as the main MCs for the event. Approximately 200 idols joined this year’s broadcast to showcase their physical abilities and engage with their fans.
Participating groups this year include BTS, GOT7, TWICE, Apink, GFRIEND, Red Velvet, MONSTA X, EXID, VIXX, B.A.P, BTOB, B1A4, AOA, Lovelyz, Oh My Girl, Block B, MAMAMOO, ASTRO, MADTOWN, Cosmic Girls, and more.
The event started off with all the idols singing the program’s official theme song “Hand-in-Hand.” Then GFRIEND’s Yerin, SEVENTEEN’s Dokyum, TWICE’s Dahyun, and B1A4’s Sandeul led everyone into doing light exercises choreographed by SEVENTEEN to loosen up their bodies.
60-Meter Sprint — Girls
With GFRIEND’s Yuju being the main contender for the sprint, many predicted her to come in first. And just as expected, the GFRIEND member came in first as she leaped to the finish line.
In the second round, Oh My Girl’s Binnie ran with ease, even looking back while running. In the end, she came in first for the second round.
The MCs expected EXID’s Hani to be a strong contender for the third round, but in the end, gugudan’s Kim Sejeong came in first (as Apink’s Eun Ji predicted).
Cosmic Girl’s Eunseo was able to come in first place, leaping to the finish line.
In the fifth round, H.U.B’s Rui amazed everyone by speeding to first place, creating a new first place record.
60-Meter Sprint — Boys
Many predicted for NCT 127’s Yuta to be first, but in the end, ASTRO’s Moonbin ran as fast as he could to secure his first place in the finish line.
For this round, MADTOWN’s Heojun and VICTON’s Chan raced against each other as real-life brothers. And while Chan was close, MONSTA X’s Jooheon placed first.
Much to Jung Eun Ji’s delight, label mate VICTON’s Seungwoo was able to run to first place.
SNUPER’s Woosung was able to showcase his sprinting skills by leisurely achieving first place.
Archery – Boys
VIXX and B1A4 went head-to-head this round. With B1A4’s Gongchan and CNU showcasing their archery skills, B1A4 won in the end.
MONSTA X went against B1A4. And while each team highlighted their archery skills, B1A4 secured their win.
EXO went against SEVENTEEN in this round, but SEVENTEEN was able to secure their win.
BTS went up against SEVENTEEN this round, but in the end, SEVENTEEN won.
Archery – Girls
AOA went up against TWICE in the first round, but TWICE was able to win.
GFRIEND went up against TWICE, but with GFRIEND continuously bringing out top scores, they were able to secure their win.
Red Velvet and Lovelyz went head-to-head this round. In the end, Lovelyz went to the final round.
EXID was able to beat out Lovelyz in the fourth round.
There were six contestants for the round, with Cosmic Girl’s Chengxiao, TWICE’s Mina, GFRIEND’s Yuju, Oh My Girl’s YooA, Lovelyz’s Yein and FIESTAR’s Cao Lu. Many expected Cosmic Girl’s Chengxiao to showcase her amazing skills as she did the previous year.
Yuju was able to demonstrate a solid performance with a ball, while Yein showcased her sexy “Bond girl” image with a ribbon. Cao Lu challenged herself by taking on the difficult Indian clubs for her performance and was able to go through the performance without making any mistakes.
YooA was able to showcase her elegant ribbon skills despite making a little mistake. Mina decided to enjoy herself this year by using a ball for her performance, and was able to perform without any mistakes.
Finally, Chengxiao showcased her gymnastic abilities by using a hula hoop, but made a couple mistakes during her performance.
In the end, TWICE’s Mina and FIESTAR’s Cao Lu tied for first place and both won a gold medal.
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