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30 July 2012 - News

Republic of Korea claim another gold - London 2012 - Archery

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Republic of Korea claim another gold
Republic of Korea maintained their remarkable record in women's Team Archery, winning a seventh consecutive Olympic gold at Lord's Cricket Ground.

They have triumphed at the competition in every Games since it was added to the schedule in Seoul in 1988, and extended that proud tradition at London 2012.

Lee Sung Jin, Ki Bo Bae and Choi Hyeonju defeated Chinese trio Cheng Ming, Fang Yuting and Xu Jing 210-209 in wet and windy conditions at Lord's.

It is the third time in a row China have finished in the silver medal position behind the Koreans, though none of the archers involved four years ago in Beijing are on duty in London.

The match was decided on the last arrow, when Ki needed at least nine to secure victory, and she held her nerve to hit the outer gold.

The bronze medal match was won by Japan, who defeated Russia 209-207 to claim the first women's Archery medal in their history.

Ren Hayakawa, Miki Kanie and Kaori Kawanaka came all the way through the draw - having just missed out on a first-round bye - defeating world number threes Ukraine 207-192 and Mexico 219-209 in the quarter-final.

Speaking after the Victory Ceremony, Ki explained why it had fallen on her to secure the win.

'Lee shot the first arrow because she is the brave one and I shot the last because one I have more experience,' she said.

'I wasn't nervous at all because if I do my best I know it will go in the gold.'

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