South Koreans aim for dominance in archery againThere is no doubt that archery has always been a mine of Olympic gold for South Korea. Winning 11 of the last 20 golds and six silvers in the five Summer Olympics since the 1984 Los Angeles Games, South Korean archers still reign as the leading contenders at Athens. And it looks like they are ready to repeat.
Yesterday, Yun Mi-jin, who won two golds at Sydney, Lee Sung-jin and Park Sung-hyun all advanced to the round of 16 in the women’s individual contest. With no trouble, Park Kyung-mo, Jang Yong-ho and Im Dong-hyun advanced to the round of 32 on Monday in the men’s individual competition.
“I am not satisfied with my score. I tried to do my best against the strong wind but it was too difficult,” Im Dong-hyun said after his contest.
Expectations are high for the team competition, which begins Friday. Four years ago, South Korea narrowly missed a sweep in archery by failing to win the men’s individuals.
South Korea won both the women’s individual and the team competitions as well as men’s team competition ― three out of four golds in archery. It lost the men’s individuals to Simon Fairweather of Australia, who trained under a South Korean coach.
by Park Jun-suk