The world’s strongest archery team, South Korea, suffered its first disappointing result at a World Championships in 42 years: a combined men’s and women’s recurve individual medal.
Kim Jeduk (Yecheoncheon-gun) was defeated by Marcos Dalmeida (BRA) in the quarterfinals of the men’s recurve individual event with a set score of 0-6 (28-29 29-30 27-28) at the Berlin 2023 World Archery Championships in Berlin, Germany, on Saturday (June 6).
The two-time Tokyo Olympian was the youngest member of the men’s team to reach the quarterfinals of the event. Top players Kim Woo-jin (Cheongju City Hall) was eliminated in the round of 16 and Lee Woo-seok (Kolon) in the round of 32.
Earlier in the women’s individual competition, triple Olympic gold medalist An An (Gwangju Women’s University), Kang Chae-young (Hyundai Mobis), and Lee Im-hyun (Korea Gymnastics University) were all eliminated in the quarterfinals.
Ahn was the first to go, falling to Casey Coffold (USA) in straight sets 4-6 (28-29 27-28 28-28 30-29 29-29).
Kang Chae-young (Hyundai Mobis) lost her semifinal match against Satsuki Noda (JPN) by a set score of 5-6 (26-27 28-29 29-27 28-28 28-27<10-10>) in a shootout.
In the final shootout, Kang and Noda shot 10 points side by side, but Noda’s arrow was closer to the center of the bull’s-eye. In a shootout, if two players shoot the same score, the winner is the one who is closer to the center of the bull’s-eye.
The last archer to compete, the youngest member of the Korean archery team, Lim Im-hyun, lost her match against Marie Horatskova (Czech Republic) with a set score of 0-6 (27-29 28-29 28-29).
It has been 42 years since the 1981 Punta Ala (Italy) Games that the Korean archery recurve team has failed to finish in both the men’s and women’s individual events at the World Championships.
The women’s team was particularly disappointing. It’s the first time they’ve ever finished with no medals in both the individual and team events at a World Championship.
The women were eliminated in the round of 16 after losing to Indonesia 3-5 (54-55 59-52 51-53 56-56) in the team competition.
This is the first time the women’s team has been eliminated in the round of 16 since winning the women’s team title in Berlin in 1979, their first World Championship appearance. It was also the second time the team failed to qualify for the podium after Lyon 1999. It’s been 24 years.
South Korea finished the tournament with two gold and one bronze medal.
The men’s team won their second consecutive title in the team event, and the mixed team of Kim Woo-jin and Kim Im-hyun won their seventh consecutive title.
Kim Woo-jin, who had won three medals in the previous edition of the tournament, kept the Korean archery program’s pride alive by winning two.
Oh Yoo-hyun (Jeonbuk-do), So Chae-won and Song Yoon-soo (Hyundai Mobis) added a bronze in the women’s compound team event. 바카라사이트