South Korea once again asserted its dominance in the archery, as the women, led by reigning Olympic champion Ki Bo-Bae, beat Russia easily in the final match 6-0, coming away with the country’s eighth gold medal in the team competition in a row (in fact, South Korea’s women have won every gold medal since archery was introduced in 1988).
Chinese Taipei, whom South Korea beat in the semifinal 5-1, defeated medal favorite Italy for the bronze, its first Olympic medal since also winning bronze in 2004.
Before meeting Taipei, however, South Korea, who received a bye in the first round after coming in first in the ranking round, had to get past Japan, who beat Ukraine 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Japan and South Korea tied the first set, but Japan just wasn’t able to keep up, eventually falling 5-1.
Russia also had a bye in the first round before matching up with India and Deepika Kumari – potential medal contenders in both the team and individual competitions – in the quarterfinals. Both teams shot well; at the end of the fourth set, the score was tied 4-4, leading to a shootout, which Russia won 25-23.
India had previously beaten Colombia in the quarterfinal 5-3.
In the semifinal match, Russia met Italy, who beat Brazil handily, 6-0, in the first round before defeating China 5-3 in the quarterfinal.
Chinese Taipei won its first match easily, 6-0, against Georgia. Its second match wasn’t quite as easy, however, ending in a shootout after Taipei and Mexico finished the fourth set tied 4-4. Taipei ended up winning by just one point, 26-25.
Coverage resumes tomorrow morning with the men and women’s individual competitions at 8AM ET.