Top archery stories to watch in Rio
Can Ki Bo-Bae repeat as individual gold medalist?
Ki Bo-Bae is back at the Olympics to defend her gold medal in the women’s individual event after winning at the 2012 Games. Ki is ranked in the top three in the world and is a favorite to top the podium in Rio. If she does, she would be the first archer to repeat as individual Olympic champion.
Who will take men’s individual gold?
There will be a new Olympic gold medalist in men’s individual archery after South Korea’s Oh Jin-Hyek, the 2012 Olympic champion, did not qualify for the 2016 Games.
His absence opens the door for other top performers from the London Games including silver medalist Takaharu Furukawa of Japan and fourth place finisher Rick van der Ven of the Netherlands.
Oh’s fellow countrymen Kim Woo-Jin and Ku Bonchan, currently ranked first and second in the world respectively, will also contend for the Olympic title.
Two U.S. archers to keep an eye on are Brady Ellison, appearing in his third Olympics, and Zach Garrett who is making his Olympic debut. Both rank in the top 10 in the world rankings.
Brady Ellison looks for the elusive individual Olympic medal
Ellison has had disappointing showings in the individual competitions at his first two Olympic appearances finishing 27th in 2008 and tied for 17th in 2012. Consistently, one of the top archers in the world over the past eight years, Ellison has not found individual success at the Olympics, although he did win team silver at the 2012 Games. Will the third time be the charm in Rio?
Can the U.S. men’s team win team gold?
At the 2012 London Olympics, the U.S. men’s team won silver in the team event. Two members of that team, Ellison and Jake Kaminski, are back along with Garrett looking to win the country’s first team archery gold since the 1996 Olympics. Italy, the defending Olympic gold medalists, and South Korea figure to be top contenders in the team event.
Will South Korea continue its dominance in women’s team archery?
The first Olympic women’s archery team event was contested at the 1988 Games. South Korea won the inaugural team competition and has won gold in the event at every Olympics since. Choi Misun, Ki Bo-Bar and Chang Hye-Jin make up the team that is looking to win South Korea’s seventh straight Olympic gold. All three women are ranked in the top 10 in the world.