Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Dekelia Archery Field, Akharnes; Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Date Started: August 12, 2004
Date Finished: August 18, 2004
Format: Ranking round consisted of 72 arrows at 70 m. Matches in rounds 1-3 consisted of 16 arrows. Matches in the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final round consisted of 12 arrows. Tie-breaking for the final placements was done by the following method. Losers in each round were ranked according to the score they shot in that round. Ties in that round were broken by the number of 10s shot in that round and then the number of 9s shot in that round. If still tied the score in the preceding round was used as the tie-breaker, followed by number of 10s, and then number of 9s in the preceding round. Matches shot entirely at 70 metres.
The 2003 World Champion was Korean [Yun Mi-Jun], also the defending gold medalist. She was in Athens and placed third in the ranking round behind her countrywomen [Park Seong-Hyeon], the 2001 World Champion who led the rankings with a world record of 682, and [Lee Seong-Jin]. By 2004 Korean female archers won virtually every tournament they entered. They had won the Olympic team gold medal from 1988-2000 and the individual gold medals at every Olympics since 1984. The only surprise in Athens was when Yun lost in the quarter-finals and did not make the semis, preventing a Korean medal sweep as they had done in 2000.
The final came down to Park against Lee, with Park winning the gold medal 110-108. Park’s semi-final victory came over surprising British archer [Alison Williamson], who was competing in her fourth Olympics. Williamson had never won a medal but had always placed in the top 10 in the individual Olympic event. In Athens she came through for the bronze medal by defeating [Yuan Shu-Chi] of Chinese Taipei.
|1||Park Seong-Hyeon||21||South Korea||KOR||Gold|
|2||Lee Seong-Jin||19||South Korea||KOR||Silver|
|3||Alison Williamson||32||Great Britain||GBR||Bronze|
|4||Yuan Shu-Chi||19||Chinese Taipei||TPE|
|5||Yun Mi-Jin||21||South Korea||KOR|
|6||Wu Hui-Ju||21||Chinese Taipei||TPE|
|9||Jennifer Nichols||20||United States||USA|
|11||Naomi Folkard||20||Great Britain||GBR|
|16||Kirstin Lewis||28||South Africa||RSA|
|17||Zekiye Keskin Şatır||28||Turkey||TUR|
|39||Thin Thin Khaing||26||Myanmar||MYA|
|44||Mon Redee Sut Txi||22||Malaysia||MAS|
|46||Rina Dewi Puspitasari||18||Indonesia||INA|
|50||Chen Li-Ju||23||Chinese Taipei||TPE|
|54||Helen Palmer||29||Great Britain||GBR|
|60||Janet Dykman||50||United States||USA|
|61||Stephanie White-Arnold||26||United States||USA|