Archery: Perfect Ku shoots down U.S. redemption bid

Sat Aug 6, 2016 7:42pm EDT
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By Ian Ransom

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A breath of wind, a shaky floorboard or an untimely attack of nerves can all affect the fickle flights of arrows but nothing could stop Ku Bon-chan as he unleashed a perfect volley to drive South Korea to the men's team gold at the Rio Olympics.

In a mouth-watering final against a powerful United States team, with rowdy fans shrieking from the terraces at the Sambodromo, the 23-year-old entered a bubble of calm and shot all six of his arrows plum in the center of the target.

The six perfect 10's, called each time by a booming loudspeaker and greeted with roars from the crowd, were a death knell to the Americans' hopes of gold and redemption for their defeat in the London final four years ago to Italy.

Ku, however, was oblivious to it all.

"I actually did not know I had the perfect score six consecutive times," the archer, a member of a university team in North Gyeongsang province, told reporters through a translator.

"So they told me later after the game was done, but I was very happy."

Ku was the best performer in a team of world championship winners. But only just.

Kim Woo-jin, who dazzled his rivals with a 72-hole world record during the ranking rounds on Friday, took maximum points with five of his six arrows.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Archery - Quarterfinal - Men's Team Quarterfinal - Sambodromo - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 06/08/2016. Ku Bon-Chan (KOR) of South Korea competes.  REUTERS/Yves Herman