South Korea lived up to their reputation in Archery at Tokyo Olympics, bagging gold medals in both the Women’s team and the Mixed team event, which made its debut this year at the Tokyo Olympics. The South Korean archery team recorded a victory over ROC in straight sets to clinch the gold 6-0.
The Korean women’s team comprised of An San, Kang Chae-young and Jang Minhee, all of whom made their debut at the Tokyo Olympics this year. The South Korean women won in the semi finals against Belarus, finishing with a score of 5-1. They shot 54,57, 53 over 3 rounds, securing their place in the finals.
South Korea went up against ROC, who won 5-1 against Germany in the semi finals. Although the ROC gave a strong performance in the finals, they were no match for the spectacular South Korean Women. San, Minhee and Kang won the match in straight sets, winning 6-0.
The ROC shot 54, 53, 51 over the three sets, while South Korea shot 55, 56, 54 for a clean victory. Third was taken by Germany who won against Belarus in the bronze medal match. South Koreans have not lost even one women’s team match since the women’s team event made its debut at the 1988 Olympics.
Archery at Tokyo Olympics: South Korea Wins Gold in the Mixed Team Event
South Korea also took home a gold medal in the mixed team event, which made its debut at the Tokyo Olympics this year. The South Korean archery team comprised of An San and Kim Je-deok, who met with India in the quarterfinals, where they won 6-2.
In the semi finals, they took on Luiz Alvarez and Alejandra Valencia of Mexico, winning comfortably with 37-37, 39-37, 38-36. The finals of the mixed team were against Netherlands, who put up a very tough fight. The South Korean archery team prevailed in the end, winning the match 5-3.
The Dutch team of Steve Wijler and Gabriela Schloesser took the first set, 38-35, a shock for the Koreans. They bounced back however, taking the next two sets 37-36, 36-33. The last set was one of the most exciting of the event, with both teams shooting tens and finishing with a score of 39-39. This tie was enough for the South Korean Archery team, as they clinched the gold medal, asserting their dominance.
The Dutch team took home a well deserved silver medal, while Mexico won the bronze medal in a match against Turkey.