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All Korean women archers to shoot for the gold

Posted September. 17, 2000 21:22,   


All the members of the Korean women's archery team have made it to the final 16.

The members of the Korean team, who swept the top spots during the ranking rounds, began individual competitions on the 17th at the Olympic Park Archery Range. They systematically advanced to the field of 32, then to the final 16. Their performances during the early rounds reflected what one would expect from champion archers.

Kim Soo-Nyung, who placed first in the ranking rounds held the day earlier, beat out Margaret Tumusiime of Uganda with a score of 164-124 to advance to the field of 32. Then, during the field of 32 match with Melissa Jennison of Australia, Kim beat out the Australian with a score of 164-159.

Not intimidated by the crowd of cheering fans of the Australian archer, Kim remained cool and collected as she went on to the final 16.

The youngest member of the team, Yun Mi-Jin, beat out Erika Reyes Evaristo and Anna Karaceva of Belarus with scores of 168-157 and 162-152, respectively. Yoon's score of 168 tied the current world record set by Natalia Nasaridze in 1996.

Kim Nam-Soon quashed the hopes of Titi Win of Myanmar and Wen Cha-Lin of Taiwan with scores of 167-134 and 162-158. North Korean athlete Choe Ok-Sil barely beat out Nataliya Burdeyna of the Ukraine with a score of 162-160 and advanced to the final 16, with hopes of reaching the final 8.

The Asian women in the final 16 will shoot for the gold on the 19th, while the men will begin rounds 64 and 32 on the 18th.