Six straight Olympic titles for Korean archery women
They've done it again.
The South Korean women maintained their supremacy in the archery world, winning their sixth straight Olympic title in the team event on Day 2 of the Beijing Summer Games. No other team has won Olympic gold on the women's side since the event was added to the Games in 1988.
The team of Hyun Jung Joo, Sung-Hyun Park and Ok Hee Yun defeated the Chinese squad on home turf by a score of 224 to 215 to claim gold, South Korea's third of the Games.
The gold medal final in Beijing was a re-match of four years ago in Athens, where South Korea beat the Chinese team in the Olympic final on the last arrow. The Chinese team of Ling Chen, Dan Guo and Zhang Juanjuan beat Great Britain in the semi-final by a score of 208 to 202 to advance to the gold medal match.
En route to their gold medal victory, the Korean team, reigning world champions and ranked No. 1 in the world, broke the 216-arrow Olympic record with a total score of 2,004 points. The Korean team held the previous record of 1,994, set at the 2000 Sydney Games.
France won its first medal of the Games, edging Great Britain in the bronze medal match by a score of 203 to 201. This marks the first time France has won a medal in women's team archery at the Olympics.