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Archery at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Individual

Archery at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood, London
Date Started: July 27, 2012
Date Finished: August 2, 2012
Format: Ranking round followed by single-elimination matches. The ranking round consisted of 72 arrows at 70 m. Matches consisted of up to 5 sets of 3 arrows (at 70 m), winner was the first player to reach 6 points. In case of a tie, matches were decided with a single arrow, the one closest to the center winning the match. Final ranking for places 5-8 determined on number of set points won in quarter-finals, other competitors ranked by round of elimination.

Gold: KOR Ki Bo-Bae
Silver: MEX Aída Román
Bronze: MEX Mariana Avitia

Summary

South Korea’s position as the supreme nation in women’s archery had been secure since the mid-80s but they suffered a major shock at the 2011 World Championships when they were frozen out of the individual medals and could only muster bronze in the team event. Despite that setback, Korea still had a strong team and Ki Bo-Bae was considered co-favourite with Deepika Kumari who was bidding to be the first Indian woman to an Olympic title.

The women’s qualifying round was a much closer affair than the men’s equivalent with three women level on 671. Ki Bo-Bae topped the standings after by scoring more tens than compatriot Lee Seong-Jin and Tan Ya-Ting of Taipei.

For the London Games the format of the knockout rounds had changed from the previous Olympics. In Beijing matches were decided over the cumulative score of 12 arrows but in 2012 matches consisted of up to 5 sets of 3 arrows (with 2 points to the winner of each set and 1 for a tie), winner was the first player to reach 6 points. In case of a tie, matches were decided with a single arrow, the one closest to the centre winning the match. In theory this should have for a more dramatic, albeit unpredictable, tournament than before.

The first knockout round saw the exit of out of form world champion Denisse van Lamoen of Chile and more notably of world number one Deepika Kumari who lost to Britain’s Amy Oliver. There were few further major shocks until the quarter-final stage and then only in the bottom half of the draw as the Mexican pairing of Aída Román and Mariana Avitia both beat higher seeded opponents to ensure that they faced each other in the semi-finals. Román won and would then face Ki Bo-Bae in the gold medal match. After the requisite 5 sets the two archers were level on 5 points apiece so for the first time in Olympic history the women’s title would be decided by a single arrow shoot-off. Just as the shoot-off began a strong gust of wind blew up and neither woman could score better than an 8 but as Ki’s arrow was almost touching the gold sector she won the Olympic title. After her victory Ki burst into tears and apologised to the Korean nation for winning the gold by shooting an 8. “Koreans do not shoot eights” she said.

Avitia earned another medal for Mexico in the bronze medal match making the first time Mexico had won two medals in the same event since 1984. Although neither had particularly successful Games Natalia Valeeva of Italy and Great Britain’s Alison Williamson at least had the consolation of equalling the record for most appearances by an archer at the Olympic Games. For both it was their sixth Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ki Bo-Bae 24 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Aída Román 24 Mexico MEX Silver
3 Mariana Avitia 18 Mexico MEX Bronze
4 Khatuna Kvrivishvili-Lorig 38 United States USA
5 Kseniya Perova 23 Russia RUS
6 Lee Seong-Jin 27 South Korea KOR
7 Pia Lionetti 25 Italy ITA
8 Bérengère Schuh 28 France FRA
9T Ren Hayakawa 24 Japan JPN
9T Ika Rochmawati 23 Indonesia INA
9T Choi Hyeon-Ju 27 South Korea KOR
9T Cheng Ming 26 China CHN
9T Tan Ya-Ting 18 Chinese Taipei TPE
9T Miki Kanie 23 Japan JPN
9T Carina Christiansen 21 Denmark DEN
9T Bishindeegiin Urantungalag 35 Mongolia MGL
17T Yekaterina Mulyuk-Timofeyeva 35 Belarus BLR
17T Inna Stepanova 22 Russia RUS
17T Natalia Valeeva 42 Italy ITA
17T Amy Oliver 25 Great Britain GBR
17T Lin Jia-En 19 Chinese Taipei TPE
17T Iria Grandal 21 Spain ESP
17T Alejandra Valencia 17 Mexico MEX
17T Louise Laursen 24 Denmark DEN
17T Elena Richter 23 Germany GER
17T Miranda Leek 19 United States USA
17T Bombayla Devi 27 India IND
17T Xu Jing 21 China CHN
17T Le Chien-Ying 22 Chinese Taipei TPE
17T Naomi Folkard 28 Great Britain GBR
17T Jennifer Nichols 28 United States USA
17T Kristine Esebua 27 Georgia GEO
33T Rand Al-Mashhadani 17 Iraq IRQ
33T Lidiya Sichenikova 19 Ukraine UKR
33T Rachel Anne Cabral 27 Philippines PHI
33T Christine Bjerendal 25 Sweden SWE
33T Nada Kamel 21 Egypt EGY
33T Kwon Un-Sil 28 North Korea PRK
33T Fang Yuting 22 China CHN
33T Deepika Kumari 18 India IND
33T Hashim Nurul Syafiqah 18 Malaysia MAS
33T Kaori Kawanaka 20 Japan JPN
33T Jessica Tomasi 26 Italy ITA
33T Ana María Rendón 26 Colombia COL
33T Reena Pärnat 18 Estonia EST
33T Leidys Brito 28 Venezuela VEN
33T Marie-Pier Beaudet 25 Canada CAN
33T Sherab Zam 28 Bhutan BHU
33T Nathalie Dielen 46 Switzerland SUI
33T Maja Jager 20 Denmark DEN
33T Karen Hultzer 46 South Africa RSA
33T Kateryna Palekha 31 Ukraine UKR
33T Anastasiya Bannova 23 Kazakhstan KAZ
33T Evangelia Psarra 38 Greece GRE
33T Natalia Leśniak 21 Poland POL
33T Tetiana Dorokhova 27 Ukraine UKR
33T Elisa Barnard 19 Australia AUS
33T Begül Löklüoğlu 23 Turkey TUR
33T Kristina Timofeyeva 18 Russia RUS
33T Zahra Dehghan 24 Iran IRI
33T Chekrovolu Swuro 29 India IND
33T Alison Williamson 40 Great Britain GBR
33T Denisse van Lamoen 32 Chile CHI
33T Maureen Tuimalealiifano 41 Samoa SAM