South Korea wins gold in archery’s mixed team Olympic debut

An San and teenager Kim Je Deok paired up to lead South Korea to a gold medal in the Olympic debut of archery’s mixed team event at the Tokyo Games

TOKYO — An San and teenager Kim Je Deok paired up to lead South Korea to a gold medal in the Olympic debut of archery’s mixed team event at the Tokyo Games.

What’s more, it was the 24th Olympic gold medal for South Korea’s archery program, matching short track speed skating for most by the country in a particular sport.

The American team of Mackenzie Brown and Brady Ellison was eliminated in the first round by Indonesia.

The future of archery is certainly bright for South Korea, with An just 20 and Kim only 17. They posted the highest qualifying scores in the ranking round the day before, with An setting an Olympic record.

An sealed the win Saturday with a score of “9” on her final arrow.

The matches in the mixed team event are decided by a set system. Each set consists of four arrows and the team with the best score earns two points (they split a point on ties). The first team to achieve five set points wins the match.

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