Archery: South Korea restore order with men's team gold

Sat Aug 6, 2016 6:18pm EDT
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By Ian Ransom

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - South Korea's archers routed the United States to win the men's team gold at the Rio Olympics on Saturday and restore a dynasty broken by the Americans at London four years ago.

The peerless trio of Kim Woo-jin, Ku Bon-chan and Lee Seung-yun roared to a 6-0 win on a baking hot day at the Sambodromo, clinching South Korea's fifth team title and fourth in the last five Olympics.

"I've been waiting for this moment, to get gold, for four years," beaming world champion Kim, who fired a 72-arrow world record during Friday's ranking round, told reporters.

"We trusted each other, and it happened. It just happened."

The U.S. team, who ended the South Koreans' run of three titles in the London semi-finals, were left with a second successive silver after the Koreans closed out the match in style with a run of perfect scores.

Australia celebrated their first archery medal in 12 years by defeating China for the bronze.

All three Olympic debutants, Kim, Ku and Lee, showed no sign of rookie nerves as they trampled over Netherlands and Australia before saving their best for the gold medal-decider.

Cheered by a rowdy Korean contingent in the terraces, the trio threw down the gauntlet in the opening set, hitting the innermost gold circle six times in succession to score the maximum 60 points.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Archery - Final - Men's Team Gold Medal Match - Sambodromo - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 06/08/2016. (L-R) South Korea's Lee Seung-Yun (KOR), Kim Woo-Jin (KOR) and Ku Bon-Chan (KOR) celebrate after winning the gold.  REUTERS/Yves Herman