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South Korea claim archery double

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South Korea have clinched the gold medal in the Olympic men's team archery competition, matching the feat of their women a day earlier.

Im Dong-hyun, Lee Chang-hwan and Park Kyung-mo defeated Italians Mauro Nespoli, Ilario Di Buo' and Marco Galiazzo by 227 points to 225.

It means South Korea have won the gold in three consecutive Olympics.

China created a huge upset to beat Ukraine for the bronze medal - their first ever in archery.

South Korea's match with Italy came down to the final arrows after earlier looking like a rout.

After 12 of the 24 arrows, the South Koreans led the Italians by seven points and were well inside the world record.

However, the South Korean attack then collapsed and the teams were all level with three arrows each remaining.

Italy's final shot - a seven from the bow of Nespoli - proved the difference between the two teams.

The Chinese team have never shot this well before

Russian archer Baljinima Tsyremplilov

Afterwards, the 20-year-old Nespoli admitted the pressure got to him.

"It was because I was aware of the possibility that we could win gold," he said. "I think nerves played a role."

It left Park needing to score at least eight points to win with the final shot. yet, with so much on the line, the world number three never waivered.

"Any one of us could have made that shot. Any time," said Park. "Of course I was very tense, I was under pressure and I was nervous. But that's part of the game.

"When we were training for the Olympics in Korea we recreated these kind of situations."

South Korea's score of 227 is a new Olympic record, four short of their own world record of 231, set in Germany last year.

Chinese archers Jiang Lin, Li Wenquan and Xue Hai Feng were seeded 12th and last after the ranking round.

But they somehow raised their game to beat Ukraine, having earlier seen off Russia and Australia.

"The Chinese team have never shot this well before," said shocked Russian archer Baljinima Tsyremplilov.

He blamed his own team's poor performance on a crosswind.


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Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forSouth Korea 2 2 1 5
Men's Individual 0 1 0
Men's Team 1 0 0
Women's Individual 0 1 1
Women's Team 1 0 0
2 also show each event results forChina 1 1 1 3
Men's Team 0 0 1
Women's Individual 1 0 0
Women's Team 0 1 0
3 also show each event results forUkraine 1 0 0 1
Men's Individual 1 0 0
4 also show each event results forItaly 0 1 0 1
Men's Team 0 1 0
5 also show each event results forFrance 0 0 1 1
Women's Team 0 0 1
6 also show each event results forRussia 0 0 1 1
Men's Individual 0 0 1

see also
Olympics blog
07 Aug 08 |  Olympics
South Korea clinch archery gold
10 Aug 08 |  Archery
GB men defeated in archery event
11 Aug 08 |  Archery
Brits miss out on archery bronze
10 Aug 08 |  Archery


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