Lim Si-hyeon wins recurve gold as Korea ends archery on top


Lim Si-hyeon Secures Recurve Gold, Concluding Korea’s Dominance in Archery

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On Saturday at the Hangzhou Asian Games, Korea’s Lim Si-hyeon clinched the gold medal in the women’s recurve event, while teammate An San secured the silver. This impressive performance by the Korean archery team propelled them to the top of the medal table in the sport, accumulating a total of five medals on the final day of competition, which included one gold, two silver, and two bronze.

In the women’s recurve final, Lim Si-hyeon demonstrated exceptional skill and determination, prevailing over her compatriot An San with a commanding 6-0 victory. This triumph not only showcased Lim’s remarkable talent but also highlighted the depth of talent within the Korean archery squad.

This outstanding achievement further solidifies Korea’s status as a dominant force in the world of archery. The team’s unwavering dedication to excellence and their consistent performance at the highest level of competition continue to inspire archers worldwide. With Lim Si-hyeon’s gold and An San’s silver, they have left an indelible mark on the archery world, and their success will undoubtedly motivate aspiring archers to aim for greatness.

Lim demonstrated exceptional prowess in the final round, clinching the first and second sets with scores of 29-26 against An. Despite An’s impressive performance of 28 points in the third round, it fell short of Lim’s 29, securing Lim’s third gold medal in this year’s Asiad.

Both Lim and An, the automatic silver medalist, played pivotal roles in the gold-medal-winning women’s recurve team. Additionally, Lim was a key member of the triumphant recurve mixed team.

With three golds, Lim now stands as Korea’s second-highest multi-medalist at the Games, surpassed only by swimmer Kim Woo-min, who also boasts three golds along with an additional silver.

In recurve events, archers can earn up to two points for every three-arrow round. The side with the highest score claims both points, while a tie results in each side earning one point.

Earlier in the day, Korea’s So Chae-won secured silver in the women’s compound contest, narrowly losing 149-145 to India’s Jyothi Surekha Vennam in the final round. In compound events, archers have five rounds to shoot three arrows each, with the highest total points determining the winner.

So, the current Asian Record holder with 149 points in Bangkok, Thailand in 2019, started the final round impressively, achieving three consecutive bullseyes in the first round of five total. Vennam conceded one point with her initial shot but followed up with perfect 10s for every subsequent arrow to claim the gold.

Shortly after, Korea’s Yang Jae-won secured a podium spot in the all-Korean men’s compound bronze-medal match, edging out teammate Joo Jae-hoon in a closely contested match. The two remained neck-and-neck throughout, with Yang’s three bullseyes in the final round earning him a perfect 30 points and the bronze.

Closing out the national team’s archery schedule, Korea’s Lee Woo-seok secured a bronze medal in the men’s recurve contest, prevailing over Kazakhstan’s Ilfat Abdullin with a 7-1 victory in the Saturday bronze-medal match.

Competition at the Fuyang Sports Centre in Hangzhou, China was intense, with coaches sheltering under umbrellas during the light rain in the earlier rounds, holding them for the archers between shots.

Saturday’s contest marked the culmination of the archery events at this year’s Asian Games, where Korea amassed a total of 11 medals — four gold, four silver, and three bronze. Notably, all of Korea’s gold medals were earned in recurve events.

Korea has maintained its position as an archery powerhouse for decades, dominating both the Asian Games and Olympics since the 1980s, particularly in the traditional recurve bow category. At the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where only recurve events were held, Korea claimed four out of the five available gold medals.

While the Asian Games also include compound archery, a modern iteration of the sport using more advanced bows that demand less physical strength, Korea excels in both disciplines. Despite Indian archers outperforming Korea in both men’s and women’s world rankings in compound archery, Korea has demonstrated strength in both categories, securing two gold medals in each at the 2018 Asian Games.

In this year’s Asiad, Korea garnered six medals from recurve events and five from compound contests.



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