Seven Straight: South Korean Women Claim Women’s Archery Victory in London


South Korea’s Archers continue their long-standing domination. At least on the feminine side.

The women’s team topped China in the final at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, claiming their seventh straight team title with 210 points from their 24 arrows.

Ki Bo-Bae, Lee Sung-Jin and Choi Hyeon-Ju tipped their country to the win by a single point as the contest came down to a single arrow to determine the victor.

It was Ki who’d take the spotlight – needing nine or better to ensure South Korea’s success as the final came down to the wire. The formidable archer would step up to the occasion – overcoming the immense pressure by nailing the nine, setting off euphoric shouts and celebrations from her teammates and coaching staff.

The result sparked a collective sigh of relief from the nation, as the previously dominant men’s team settled for the third position on the podium.

Nonetheless, the team never let their confidence waiver.

“It’s true people tend to think that we should always win the women’s archery, but at the same time that pressure has made us more determined to reach our goals,” Choi said. “Britain is such a long way from Korea and coming here was so difficult. The hardest thing was dealing with the changeable weather, but really it’s been the greatest honor to take part in London.”


Andrew De Lara


July 30, 2012