Korea (No 1) was imperial in the men’s team final. With many 10s and X10s despite the windy conditions, LEE Seungyun, London 2012 Olympic champion OH Jin Hyek, and 2008 Olympic team champion IM Dong Hyun easily defeated sixth-ranked Japan, 225-214.
After their victory in Shanghai, Korea confirmed their dominance over the recurve men’s category. Japan, thanks to Olympic silver medallist Takaharu FURUKAWA, Shohei OTA and Shungo TABATA, clinched the silver and returned to the World Cup recurve men’s team podium, which it had not climbed since its silver medal in Antalya two years ago.
Turkey (No 13) met China (No 2) for bronze. Seemingly much more nervous than in the previous rounds, the Turkish archers, shooting for their first World Cup team medal, struggled with many 8s and two 6s. The Chinese athletes XING Yu and ZHANG Jianping, second in Shanghai, with new team member ZHANG Shuai, outshot their opponents to win the bronze medal match.
As on the men’s side, the women’s final featured Korea (No 1) against Japan (No 15). The match was decided in the second end, when the last Japanese archer was surprised by her clicker, and released the arrow before she was ready, for a devastating 2. CHANG Hye Jin and Olympic gold medallists KI Bo Bae and YUN Ok Hee, who placed “only” third in Shanghai, won the match 221-209 and recovered the World Cup gold.
The Ukrainian women, silver medallists in Shanghai, faced Russia for bronze. Viktoriya KOVAL, Anastasia PAVLOVA, Lidiia SICHENIKOVA handled the wind better in the first end to take a nine-point lead, which they kept and increased throughout the match. In the end, it was a 214-200 bronze medal victory for Ukraine.
The competition continues this afternoon with the mixed team and individual finals.
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