An, left, of South Korea, tries to wipe up Im, right, as she spills water while drinking during the Archery
Recurve Women’s Team Final against China at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at the Fuyang Throat
Sports Center Archery Range on Oct. 6 in Hangzhou, China.
After sharing the gold medal in the archery recurve team event, An Sung-ahn (Gwangju Women’s
University) and Lim Im-hyun (Korea Gymnastics University) will go head-to-head for gold in the individual
event. Ahead of the head-to-head, both Ahn and Lim said they would “enjoy” the final.
The South Korean team of An, Lim and Choi Mi-sun (Gwangju Bank) defeated China 5-3 in the final of the
women’s recurve archery team event at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games on Saturday at the Fuyang
Throat Sports Center Archery Range in Hangzhou, China.
With the victory, Korea has now won seven consecutive Asian Games women’s recurve titles, dating back to Bangkok 1998.
After the win, An said,
“I wanted a team medal the most, so I prepared hard. I’m happy to finish well with my sisters (Choi) Mi-sun and (Lim) Shi-hyeon. I’m grateful to Mi-sun for leading the team well and to Shi-hyun for playing the role of the third runner,” she said.
“It was fun to play with my sisters in my first Asian Games. I’m satisfied and happy, especially since we wanted to win the team title,” said Choi Mi-seon, the eldest sister, adding, “It’s been seven years since the 2016 Rio Olympics, and I’m happy with the result.”
Korea struggled against China in the final, but the team pulled together to win their seventh consecutive title.
In the fourth set of the final match, with the score 3-3, Ansan’s last arrow was only an eight-point shot, but Choi Mi-sun and Lee Im-hyun shot back-to-back 10-point shots to overpower China.
Commenting on the situation, Ahn said,
“I kept getting unsatisfactory scores, and when I shot eight points, I was angry and upset with myself. That’s when Shi Hyun-i said to me, ‘It’s okay,'” An recalls.
After making up for Ansan’s mistake, Im Hyun said, “I was most nervous about the last arrow. But since I had an hour to work out with my teammates, I pulled the bowstring with the mindset of doing my best, and the result was good.”
After relying on each other to win gold in the team event, An and Im will compete in the women’s individual final at 11:50 on July 7. It’s a chance for Ahn to win her second gold medal and for Lim to win her third.
Speaking about the head-to-head matchup, Ahn said, “No matter what we play, Korea will win. We talked about having fun and enjoying ourselves,” Ahn said.
“I feel the same way as (Ahn). I want to enjoy the final.” 스포츠토토맨