Jin Hyek OH of South Korea captured the men’s individual gold medal today after defeating Takaharu FURUKAWA of Japan 7-1. Jin Hyek OH adds the gold medal to the bronze the men’s team won earlier in the week.
In the Bronze medal match, Xiaoxiang DAI of China forced a shoot off against Rick van der VEN of the Netherlands after trailing 4-0. Rick van der VEN earlier in the day defeated number one seed and world record holder Im Dong-hyun of South Korea. In the single shot playoff, Xiaoxiang DAI captured the bronze with a perfect 10.
Top-seeded Bo Bae KI of South Korea captured her second Gold of these 2012 Olympics in the Women’s Indivdual Recurve today. Mexico’s Aida ROMAN and Mariana AVITIA captured the Silver and Bronze respectively.
The gold medal match was a seesaw battle that saw Bo Bae KI narrowly beat Aida Roman in a shoot-off.
In a rematch of the 2008 Beijing Games, South Korea edges China to capture the country’s seventh consecutive women’s team gold medal.
Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/18904388
Michele Frangilli shot a bull’s-eye with the final arrow, giving his Italian team a one-point win over the United States in the gold medal match of the men’s archery team competition.
Italy earned its first gold medal in the event with the 219-218 decision, having taken silver behind South Korea in 2000 and ’08. The U.S. knocked off the heavily favored Koreans in the semifinals.
Marie-Pier Beaudet of Lévis, Quebec won Gold at the Continental Qualification Tournament for the Americas held on April 22nd in Medellin, Colombia and assures Canadian women a spot at the 2012 Olympics in London.
… Only three Olympic quota spots (one per country) were available in the individual event category at the Continental Qualification Tournament for the Americas. By virtue of Marie-Pier Beaudet’s gold medal performance, Canada was guaranteed one of the three quota spots in the individual category. Mexico and Colombia won the two remaining Olympic quota spots. A total of 64 female archers will qualify for the London Olympics….
Read the entire article on Archery Canada.
Congratulations to Marie-Pier and the entire Canadian Team.
This past week the World Youth Championships were held in Legnica, Poland. Canada was able to send at team of eighteen athletes to compete in all events. All the athletes faired very well however none were able to reach the finals in any event with the exception of one, the men Junior Compound team.
The team’s climb towards the gold medal match was amazing. Their matches lending up to the gold medal match were well shot matches having won against; Greece (218 – 223), Denmark (225 – 232), and USA (223 -227) including a new world record for 24 arrows with 232 against Denmark.
Canada showed ultimate sportsmanship for the gold medal match. With one of the Netherlands athletes requiring medical attention before the match and needing to go to the local hospital for minor injury, Canada agreed to delay the match until the entire Netherlands was able to compete. Once the match was able to continue it was a very close match since the teams entered match play ranked first (Netherlands) and second (Canada) with the final resulting in a 222 to 220.
The final placing was Canada with the gold, Netherland with the sliver and the USA with the bronze. Congratulations to the Junior Compound Men Team members Keenan Brown, Michael Kupchanko and Christopher Perkins for their amazing victory.
Read more on the FITA Archery site here.
This year’s OFSAA Archery Invitational Tournament in Richmond Hill was awesome. It was a real thrill to compete on behalf of my high school Kingston Colligate and Vocational Institute alongside my sister Sydney. I had a great time meeting up with several of my archery friends including my Canada Winter Games teammate Janeen Howie who I have not seen since we departed at the airport.
The Girls Olympic division produced a close competition and I was fortunate to capture the Gold medal, finishing just ahead of Hannah Brunet and Tessa Lehmann who each won silver and bronze respectively. Hopefully, the results for the entire tournament will be posted on the Ontario Association of Archers shortly.
Although my sister didn’t finish in the top 3, she shot extremely well and had a great time, which is exactly the purpose for this tournament. We were fortunate to be able to travel with our full-time coach Kathy Millar and several other school teams she supports. We would really like to thank Ms. Montgomery who allowed us to ride with them to and from Toronto.
This tournament was a lot of fun and any high-school that has or is thinking of starting an Archery Club should really consider participating in this OFSAA sanctioned event.
I have just come back from the Ontario Summer Games (OSG) in Sudbury, Ontario.
The OSG’s are like a mini-Olympics for Ontario’s top athletes under the age of 21 with over 50 events including such sports as Athletics, Lacrosse, Swimming, team sports like basketball and of course Archery. Sixty archers qualified from all over the province of Ontario representing the five different zones (Central, Eastern, Western, North East and North West) and competed in the two-day event. The OSG archery event includes two Canadian 900 rounds which is 30 arrows shot at each distance of 55m, 45m and 35m each day.
As part of the Eastern Zone Archery team that won a total three metals, I was honoured to come back with the Gold medal in the Cadet Female Recurve division.
A special thank you goes to the Empire Life Insurance Company who very quickly and graciously provided team shirts, when at 4pm the day before we left, the Eastern Zone Archery team was informed our team shirts “fell through the cracks”. Without team shirts, our team’s participation was in jeopardy, since the rules require us to have team shirts to compete. Although I know it is not within Empire Life’s company policy to sponsor sports teams, it was their assistance that helped us walk into the opening ceremonies proudly wearing awesome team shirts and representing Eastern Ontario.