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South Korea clinch archery gold

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South Korea won their sixth successive gold in the women's team archery competition with a convincing 224-215 victory over host nation China.

The Korean trio of Park Sung-Hyun, Yun Ok-Hee and Joo Hyun-Jung led comfortably at the halfway stage and needed 11 points with two arrows left.

South Korea have won every Olympic gold in women's archery since 1984.

China were supported by a partisan crowd but the Koreans more than lived up to their tag as favourites.

The defending champions were hardly troubled on route to the final, setting a world record score of 231 points against Italy in the quarter-finals and beating France by 29 points in the last four.

China were impressive during the 208-202 win over Britain in their semi-finals, but faced an altogether more formidable task to win gold.

Park, Yun and Joo are the top three seeds for the women's individual event, which begins on Tuesday, and were faultless as they opened up a lead after the first three throws.

South Korea celebrate gold
South Korea celebrate winning gold
South Korea led by four points after 12 arrows and their dominance never wavered, with the Chinese team of Zhang Juanjuan, Chen Ling, Guo Dan having to settle for silver.

Joo said the team had been prepared for the vociferous Chinese fans, saying: "We had various types of mental training to prepare.

"We knew China and the spectators would be very loud and the attention level would be very high. Mental training helped me because I felt nervous."

China lost out on gold to South Korea in Athens four years ago when Park, on her final throw, secured a one-point victory.

However, Zhang did not believe that the ease of South Korea's victory this time around meant China had lost ground on their rivals.

"The Korean team really played up to their normal level," said Zhang.

"They are a very good team. The gap of one point to the nine points does not really illustrate much. The surroundings may be different, there may be other factors."

Zhang added: "The Korean team indeed demonstrated their strength again. I think our team is going to learn more from the Korean team."

see also
South Korea claim archery double
11 Aug 08 |  Archery
Brits miss out on archery bronze
10 Aug 08 |  Archery
Record for Park as Brits impress
09 Aug 08 |  Archery

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