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South Korea wins first Olympic mixed team archery gold

South Korea wins first Olympic mixed team archery gold
Posted at 1:06 AM, Jul 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-24 05:15:32-04

South Korea, the dominant force in archery for decades, had no trouble translating its success into the sport's brand new Olympic event: the mixed team competition.

South Korea's Kim Je-Deok and An San beat silver medalists Gabriela Schloesser and Steve Wijler of Netherlands 5-3 in the final at the Yumenoshima Archery Field on Saturday in Tokyo.

The South Koreans beat India 6-2 in the quarterfinals and then reached the gold medal match by cruising past Mexico 5-1.

Mexico would win the bronze medal courtesy of a 6-2 takedown of Turkey.

The No. 1 seed didn't even need to worry about the No. 2 seed United States, who was upset by Indonesia in the Round of 16.

South Korea leads the historical Olympic medal count ranks in archery with 40 total, 24 of them gold.

The country swept all four gold medals in Rio, and all of its medals have been won since 1984, including gold in the women's team event all 8 times since its debut in 1988.