Accurate Swedish golfers and Korean archer take Youth gold

Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:45am EDT
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NANJING China (Reuters) - Swedish golfers Marcus Kinhult and Linnea Strom prevailed in a playoff to take the mixed team Youth Olympic gold medal on Tuesday, with their accuracy on the greens only bettered by South Korean archer Lee Woo-seok.

The bespectacled 17-year-old archer amassed a huge 704 out of 720 in the ranking round of the men's competition on Friday and the bullseyes continued to flow on Tuesday as he beat Brazilian Marcus Carvalho Lopes D'Almeida 7-3.

Lee fired 13 out of 15 10s in the final, including four perfect sets, as he clearly enjoyed shooting from 60 meters for the first time instead of the 70m the seniors normally take aim from.

D'Almeida was full of praise for the victor, who he called amazing, but was hopeful he could translate his silver medal success to his home Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Lee, meanwhile, was just grateful to give his callous-filled hands a breather after his stunning feats in China.

"These fingers show. There is a lot of pain," the Korean said.

"It's due to my training. Before the YOG I had domestic competitions, so I prepared for that. Korean domestic competition is world-class. It is very stressful."

The success for the Koreans made up for the disappointment in the mixed golf where Kinhult and Strom edged Lee So-young and Youm Eun-ho in the playoff to take gold at the Zhongshan International Golf Club.

Lee, who won the girl's individual gold last week, had forced the extra holes after a birdie on the 18th left the two teams tied at 16-under following three rounds of competition, with both players score counting on the final day's play.

But the birdies dried up in the playoff and the Swede's par-par effort on the second extra hole proved too much for the par-bogey of the Koreans allowing Kinhult to add gold to the silver he won in the boy's individual event.   Continued...