South Korea scored a victory over North Korea in a head-to-head archery match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday, the official website of the 2016 games revealed.
Kang and Chang tied in the first set with a score of 27, earning one set point each. Chang won the second set 28-24 and third set 29-27, earning two set points for each, bringing the total match score to 5-1. In the final set, two archers tied again at 27, earning one set point each. This gave Chang the required six set points to win the match.
On Tuesday, Kang defeated Sarah Nikitin of Brazil in the 1/32 elimination round and then Christine Bjerendal of Sweden in the 1/16 elimination round.
Both Chang and Kang made their Olympic debuts at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Chang previously won gold medals in team events at the 2009 Summer Universiade, the 2013 World Archery Championships, and the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, as well as individual silver at 2014 Asian Games.
Kang competed at the 2013 Archery World Cup, the 2013 World Archery Championships, the 2014 Asian Games, and the 2015 World Archery Championships. She has not yet won a medal in international competition.
After her victory over Kang, Chang won against Naomi Folkard of Great Britain in the quarterfinal round and advanced to the semifinal round where she faced and defeated her teammate, Olympic veteran Ki Bo-bae. Ki earlier defeated Wu Jiaxin of China.
Chang advanced to the gold medal match against German archer Lisa Unruh. She defeated Unruh to win her second gold medal and first individual medal at the Olympics. South Korea has won gold in women’s individual archery in eight of the last nine Olympics.
Ki advanced to the bronze medal match to face Mexico’s Alejandra Valencia – who defeated the third member of the South Korean women’s archery team, Choi Misun, in the quarterfinal round. Ki won over Valencia to win the bronze.
South Korea has won more medals in Olympic archery than any other nation while North Korea has yet to win an Olympic medal in the sport.
Also on Thursday, North Korean judoka Sol Kyong was defeated by Audrey Tcheumeo of France in the 16-athlete elimination round of women’s under 78kg judo. She received a bye in the preceding elimination round of 32 athletes.
Sol previously won medals at other judo events, including gold at the 2013 World Judo Championships in Rio de Janeiro and silver at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. In 2013, Sol competed on the team for Pyongyang University of Mechanical Engineering.
North Korean official Choe Ryong Hae departed Rio de Janeiro early Thursday morning to return to Pyongyang. Choe, vice chairman of North Korea’s State Affairs Commission and of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, was the senior North Korean official present at the 2016 Olympics.
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