History has already been made at this year’s Olympics, before the opening ceremony even began. South Korean archer Kim Woo-Jin set the world record for highest point total in a ranking round, at 700. The previous record was set by his fellow countryman, Dong-Hyun, at the 2012 games in London. Evidently, his performance earned him the top seed for the round of 62 on Monday, where he’ll face Zimbabwe’s Gavin Ben Sutherland.
Fellow South Korean archers Ku Bonchan and Lee Seungyun also put in an impressive outing as they both placed in the top 12. Ku finished sixth through a total of 681 and Lee in twelfth with 676, giving all three a sizeable shot at winning a Gold medal and more.
So far, the USA has lived up to their name with Brady Ellison coming in at second with 690 points, which included 19 bullseyes, the second highest in the rankings – behind Kim’s 26. Zach Garrett finished 15th where he hit gold 38 times, and the third of the American squad, Jake Kaminski, ended at 31st for a score of 674.
Mongolia had a surprise early on in the competition, with Gantugs Jantsan leading all 64 at one point through two ends. But the run soon ended when Kim and Sjef van den Berg took turns battling for the top spot.
Some noteworthy performances came from Spain’s Juan l Rodriguez and China’s Gu Xuesong. Rodriguez stood tight at second, just ahead of the USA’s Brady Ellison, scoring 342 in just the first round alone. But he did eventually dropped to tenth come the end of the second. Gu rose in the totals as well, but couldn’t place higher than 17th despite shooting gold 35 times.
Australia’s Taylor Worth will also come away disappointed to not finish higher, as he struck a perfect gold 19 times, five of which came on the first shot in the set. Yet he still came in at 14th, hitting a seven and an eight which butchered his final total.
|1||Kim Woo-jin||South Korea||700|
|4||Sjef Van Den Berg||Netherlands||684|
|6||Bonchan Ku||South Korea||681|
|10||Juan Rodriguez Liebana||Spain||678|
|12||Lee Seungyun||South Korea||676|
Just as in the individual rounds, South Korea dominated as they finished first seed on a combined 2057 points. For the next elimination round they’ll get a first round bye along with USA (2nd), Italy (3rd), and Australia (4th). Barely coming in at fifth was France, who missed their bye on a mere two points. China couldn’t finish strong with a sixth place ending, as all three of their archers finished mid table. Meanwhile, Australia nailed the gold spot 105 times which proved to be the third most in the ranking round, and Italy squeezed through third on consistency after having only 23 perfect bullseyes – which tied for least on the day.
|1||South Korea||Kim Woo-jin||2057|
|2||United States||Brady Ellison||2024|
|8||Spain||Juan l. Rodriguez||1986|
|9||Netherlands||Sjef van den Berg||1981|
|10||Indonesia||Riau Ega Agatha||1962|
|12||Malaysia||Khairul Anuar Mohamad||1945|
Much like their male compatriots, the South Korean women absolutely thrashed the competition. All three archers took the top three spots with third having a seven point lead over the next competitor. Choi Misun ranked first at 669 points which would compete with teammate Chang Hye-jin who had 666. Also impressing in close fashion was Taipei’s Tan Ya-ting, who ended the first half in third but slid down to fourth for a finishing score of 656.
Trying her best to play catch up was Russia’s Tuiana Dashidorzhieva, who jumped from 18th to fifth by the end of the afternoon at the Sambódromo. Her performance is a highlight in that of the Russian scandal involving doping athletes, as she found her way into the competition and settled her worth among the doubters. But the pressure also resided on 21-year-old American Mackenzie Brown, the sole female competitor for the USA. She had a good day of shooting, tallying 641 points for the 19th rank on the board. For a first time Olympian, there is no doubt the emotions and hype could be within her, posing an interesting thought as to how she’ll do head-to-head against Italy’s Claudia Mandia.
|1||Choi Misun||South Korea||669|
|2||Chang Hye-jin||South Korea||666|
|3||Bo-Bae Ki||South Korea||663|
|15||Kang Un Ju||North Korea||643|
As seen, South Korea dominated and finished with a 60 point lead at 1998 which was thanks to 98 hits to the gold spot. In second came Russia with 1938 and third, China with 1933. Chinese Taipei barely came in fourth at 1932 and Mexico ranked fifth despite two archers in the top 15. The Italian women dazzled with 67 bullseyes, yet couldn’t make up elsewhere with their sixth place ranking.
|1||South Korea||Choi Misun||1998|
|10||Colombia||Ana Maria Rendon||1855|
Tomorrow will mark the first medal for archery in the men’s team competition, with the women’s coming on Sunday. Check back here everyday for recaps on Olympic archery.