South Korea dominates on its way to women’s team gold

Archey women's recap

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.

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