South Korea has added another chapter to its Olympic legacy in archery, with Chang Hye-jin claiming the gold medal in the women’s individual event on Thursday afternoon. Hye-jin defeated Germany’s Lisa Unrah, 6-2, while fellow South Korean archer Ki Bo-Bae took down Mexico’s Alejandra Valencia to claim the bronze medal.
Just four days after South Korea cruised to its eighth straight Olympic gold medal in the team competition, the country’s individuals continued their dominance behind Hye-jin and Bo-Bae, who entered the tournament as the field’s No. 2 and No. 3 archers respectively (the world’s No. 1, Choi Mi-sun, also of South Korea, lost in the quarterfinals of the event). Hye-jin defeated Bo-Bae in the semifinal round to set up a matchup with Unrah, which turned out to be lopsided as expected despite windy conditions at the Samradrome in Rio.
South Korea has won every gold medal in the women’s team competition – it has also never lost a match – since it was introduced to the Olympics in 1988. The men also claimed the gold in the team archery competition earlier this week, defeating the United States to take its 20th gold medal since the archery returned to its modern format in 1972.