Korean archery announced the birth of a new empress named Im Si-hyeon, but ultimately suffered a crushing defeat.
He missed out on winning the overall title at the Asian Games for the first time in 45 years due to India’s sensational sweep in the compound event.
Korean archery won gold, silver, 2, and 1 bronze through the finals of four events in the men’s and women’s recurve and compound individual competitions on the last day of archery at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games held at the Fuyangyinhu Sports Center in Hangzhou, China on the 7th.
First, 20-year-old college student Im Si-hyun (Korea National Sport University) won the recurve women’s final with a set score of 6-0 (29-26 29-26 29-28) after a domestic dispute with Tokyo Olympic three-time gold medalist Ansan. 스포츠토토
Im Si-hyeon, a 20-year-old rookie who was selected for the national team for the first time this year, stood out for the women’s national team by winning two individual competitions at this year’s World Cup and the mixed competition at the World Championships, and even surpassed Ansan to become the top player in Asia.
Korea has produced gold medalists in the women’s recurve individual event three times in a row since the 2006 Doha Games, but lost the gold medal to China at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games and had to be content with a bronze medal.
Im Si-hyun and Ansan defeated the Chinese players side by side in the semifinals on the 3rd and advanced to the finals, securing gold and silver medals.
Im Si-hyeon smiled that day.
Im Si-hyun, a 20-year-old rookie who was selected as a member of the national team for the first time this year, stood out on the women’s national team, winning two individual competitions at this year’s World Cup and winning the mixed competition at the World Championships, and surpassed ‘Olympic triple gold medalist’ Ansan to reach the top of Asia.
Im Si-hyun won the women’s recurve individual event, achieving the feat of winning all of the events she participated in this competition.
Im Si-hyun, who took first place in the qualifying round on the 1st and qualified for all three events, including the recurve women’s individual event, women’s team event, and mixed team event, teamed up with the men’s national team ace Lee Woo-seok to win the first gold medal of this tournament in the mixed team event on the 5th.
She also won the women’s team event on the 6th, competing as a team with Ansan and Choi Mi-seon.
She then dominated her personal battles and made Hangzhou the venue for her own coronation as Empress of Archery.
Im Si-hyeon also had the honor of becoming the first Korean player in 37 years to win three Asian Games gold medals, following current national team coach Yang Chang-hoon (men), who won four gold medals at the 1986 Seoul Asian Games, and Kim Jin-ho and Park Jeong-ah (women), who won three gold medals.
At the time, in the Seoul Games, in addition to the individual and team events, it was possible to select gold medalists for each distance, such as 90m, 70m, 50m, 30m (for men) and 70m, 60m, 50m, and 30m (for women), and to win 3 to 4 gold medals.
Since then, the archery recurve event has kept pace with the Olympics, with players fighting for a total of four gold medals, including the men’s and women’s individual event and the team event, and since the Jakarta-Palembang Games five years ago, the mixed event was added, bringing the number of gold medals to five, with one player winning the most.
There were three gold medals available, and Im Si-hyeon won them all in this competition.
Im Si-hyun became the second Korean athlete to win three gold medals in this competition, following Kim Woo-min, who won the men’s 400m and 800m freestyle and the men’s 800m relay.
On the 7th, Korea’s Lee Woo-seok, who advanced to the recurve men’s 3rd and 4th place match, defeated Ilfat Abdullin (Kazakhstan) with a set score of 7-1 (29-27 29-28 29-29 30-29) and added a bronze medal.
Lee Woo-seok won two gold medals in succession in the mixed team and men’s team at this competition, and then won a bronze medal in the last event, giving him a total of three medals.
In the recurve national team, Ansan also became a ‘multi-medalist’ by winning one gold and one silver.
However, Korean archery suffered the humiliation of ‘no gold’ for the first time ever in the compound adopted since the 2014 Incheon Games, losing the overall first place in archery to India.
Ace So Chae-won of the compound women’s national team advanced to the finals of the compound women’s individual event on the 7th and won her first gold medal in this competition, but she was unable to overcome India’s strength and added a silver medal.
So Chae-won lost 145-149 to Indian ace Jyoti Surekha Bennam in the final of the compound women’s individual event.
So Chae-won won a gold medal in the women’s team event and a silver medal in the mixed team event (mixed event) at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games, but in this competition, she won a silver medal in the individual event, a silver medal in the mixed event, and a bronze medal in the women’s team event without a gold medal.
Unlike the Olympics, where only recurve archery was adopted as an official event, compound events have also been held at the Asian Games since the 2014 Incheon Games.
Recurve refers to a bow that is shot only with muscle power without assistance, while compound refers to a bow that uses mechanical assistance.
Compound is 50m away, recurve is 70m away, and the player shoots an arrow at a distance. The target diameter is also different, so recurve is 122cm and compound is 80cm.
The 10-point zones are 12.2cm and 8cm, respectively. The X10 (x10) area, meaning ‘perfect 10 points’, is 6.1 cm and 4 cm, respectively.
The scoring method is also different; Recurve uses a set system, but Compound uses a total score system.
Despite Korea’s weakness in the compound event, it performed well, winning the women’s individual and women’s team events at the Incheon Games and the men’s and women’s team events at the Jakarta-Palembang Games five years ago.
However, in this tournament, the skills of Ojas Praveen Deotale (men) and Bennam (women) were so outstanding that they suffered the humiliation of losing all six matches against Indian players.
In order to win the gold medal in the compound event, he even recruited a foreign leader, but recorded ‘no gold’ for the first time.
Accordingly, in the archery medal rankings, which combines recurve and compound events, Korea lost first place for the first time in 45 years since the 1978 Bangkok Games.
India won gold, 5 silver, 2 bronze, and won the overall championship, while Korea recorded 4 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze, and 3 bronze medals.
The remaining gold medal went to Mongolia, won by Otgonbold Batarkuyag in the men’s individual recurve event.
However, since compound archery is not an official Olympic sport, there is high analysis that the strength of Korean archery will continue at next year’s Paris Olympics and other events.