South Korean young ’uns bag mixed team gold


TOKYO: An San and teenager Kim Je-deok paired up to lead South Korea to a gold medal in the Olympic debut of archery’s mixed team event at the Tokyo Games.

On a sizzling day at the Yumenoshima Park Archery Field, they held off Gabriela Schloesser and Steve Wijler of Holland by a tally of 5-3 to bring home yet another archery gold for South Korea. The country has now captured 14 of 17 gold medals in archery team competitions since the current format was introduced to the Olympics in 1988.What’s more, it was the 24th Olympic gold medal for South Korea’s archery programme, matching short track speed skating for most by the country in a particular sport.

Alejandra Valencia and Luis Alvarez combined for Mexico and knocked off Yasemin Anagoz and Mete Gazoz of Turkey to earn the bronze medal.

The future of archery is certainly bright for South Korea, with An San just 20 and Je-deok only 17. They posted the highest qualifying scores in the ranking round the day before, with An San setting an Olympic record. An San sealed the win with a score of “9” on her final arrow. — AP

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