Olympic top seed Choi safely into last 16

10 August 2016
Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
Three top-seeded women have won the Olympics since matchplay was introduced in 1992.

World number one Choi Misun of Korea finished first in the women’s ranking round at Rio 2016 with 669 out of a possible 720 points. She won both her first two matches during the last day of eliminations to secure a spot in the last 16 of the Olympic archery competition.

Choi beat the Dominican Republic’s first-ever Olympic archer, Yessica Camilo, in straight sets, then Chinese Taipei’s Le Chien-Ying, 6-2 – on a rain-soaked afternoon in the Sambodromo.

“It’s different every match,” she said, referring to the weather. “It can make the arrow direction unstable. Today was a rainy day, but I still got good results so I’m happy with it.”

Since matchplay was introduced to the Olympic archery competition in 1992, three top-seeded athletes have walked away with Olympic gold – all of them women.

The first was Cho Youn-Jeong in 1992, second Park Sung-Hyun in 2004 and third, and most recently, Ki Bo Bae at London 2012. 

The closest number-one ranked man to a title came in ’92. Chung Jae-Hun lost the final to Frenchman Sebastien Flute in Barcelona, taking silver.

With Kim Woojin already out of the competition in Rio, no men’s top seed will have a chance at Olympic gold until at least Tokyo 2020 in four years time – but Choi could add another mark to the women’s tally.

She’ll have to overcome defending champ, and teammate, Ki for that.

Whether or not Choi becomes the fourth top-seeded archer to collect Olympic gold in history, the 20-year-old has time on her side. It sounds like she’ll be on the scene for a while. 

When asked if she would continue competing after Rio, Choi replied: “I have never imagined that I wouldn’t shoot an arrow everyday.”

Choi Misun faces Russia’s Inna Stepanova in the third round.

The women’s individual finals take place on 11 August at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.