Kang Chae Young – the survivor.
Jun20

Kang Chae Young – the survivor.

After breaking through with a triple-gold performance at Shanghai 2015 – which resulted in the World Archery media team giving her the nickname “The Destroyer” – Kang Chae Young had to suffer the agony of coming fourth in the Korean selection process before the Olympic Games last year. It was an experience that would test the hardest of athletes, although there may be something to be said for the...

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Antalya World Cup 2017: photo diary
Jun14

Antalya World Cup 2017: photo diary

The 2nd Hyundai World Cup stage of the year has been and gone. The firmest fixture in the annual archery calendar, Antalya is one of the most prestigious, most relaxed and definitely the hottest of all the stages, temperature-wise. This year saw a handful of absences; the Korean and Chinese teams skipped it, and not every team was at full strength, but those that were shone pretty brightly and there were some memorable finals matches,...

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Stellar Korean team to challenge outdoors in 2017
Apr27

Stellar Korean team to challenge outdoors in 2017

With 13 Olympic medals, 28 World Championship medals, 9 world records and 14 World Cup medals between them, the Korean frontline team for 2017 is an extraordinary force. Retaining all of the gold medal winning Rio women’s team, and featuring just one rookie – the Korean army team’s Kim Jongho – this is one of the finest fields assembled for a World Championship year. After a three stage selection process, the...

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2017 outdoor season: interview with Lin Shih-Chia
Mar29

2017 outdoor season: interview with Lin Shih-Chia

As the international outdoor season gets underway, we catch up with Lin Shih-Chia, 23, who took Olympic bronze with the Chinese Taipei women’s team in Rio last year. Individual recurve runner-up at the World Championships in 2015, she was part of the team that made Chinese Taipei the reigning Universiade champions, and will be looking to defend their title on home turf in September this year. She took an individual silver medal...

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Ku Bonchan out, Oh Jin Hyek very much in as Korea chooses its 2017 squad
Mar23

Ku Bonchan out, Oh Jin Hyek very much in as Korea chooses its 2017 squad

  This time every year, the Korea Archery Association picks its archery squads for the upcoming outdoor season. For recurves, it is a notoriously tough test; eleven rounds over seven shooting days including many different scored rounds and tournaments. It’s as much a test of mental endurance as physical shooting stamina; it’s noticeable how older hands seem to find an extra gear in later rounds where the...

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QUITE THE YEAR
Dec19

QUITE THE YEAR

It’s been quite a year. I just finished my last archery trip of the year and taking a well deserved (and needed) time-out. I don’t remember having a three week stretch of no archery events to go tot his year and I will either love it or get bored stiff. Olympic years usually are quite busy but this was an exceptional one, at least for me. Sometimes not even knowing where I am or what day it was. I am lucky to travel with a great...

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