Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood, London
Date Started: July 27, 2012
Date Finished: July 29, 2012
Format: Ranking round followed by single-elimination matches. The ranking round consisted of 72 arrows per archer at 70 m. Matches consisted of 4 times 6 arrows (2 per team member) at 70 m, the highest total winning. In case of a tie, matches were decided by one additional arrow per team member. Final ranking for places 5-8 determined on number of points won in quarter-finals, other competitors ranked by round of elimination.
Since team events were reintroduced into the Olympics in 1988 South Korea had won every Olympic title and had only failed to win 3 of the last 18 global championships before the London Olympics. One of these failures had been via a semi-final defeat to India at the 2011 World Championships but neither India nor Italy, the two finalists at those championships, could negotiate the first round at London. A major factor in the event was the weather which switched from bright and still to torrential rain showers and swirling wind more than once throughout the day.
The South Koreans coped better than any other team with the conditions and seemed unbeatable as they made their way to a gold medal showdown with China. In contrast China had scored single point victories over Italy and Russia on their way to the final. Both teams started nervously and neither could pull out a decisive lead over the other. With their last 3 arrows China needed 29 to win or 28 to force a shoot-off but all three scored nine and South Korean maintained their unbeaten Olympic record by a single point. With victory in the bronze medal match Japan ensured an all Asian Olympic podium.