7 takeaways: Rio 2016 women’s finals

11 August 2016
Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
Chang Hye Jin became the eighth Korean woman in history to lift the individual gold at Rio 2016.

The three Korean women, seeded 1-2-3 after qualifications, were expected to deliver medals on women’s finals day at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

They did, with Chang Hye Jin winning an Olympic Champion title – but Germany’s Lisa Unruh and Alejandra Valencia of Mexico both caused the Koreans trouble. Unruh finished with silver, Valencia fourth.

Here are seven takeaways from women's individual finals day…

1. 3 of 4

Korea have collected their third gold at Rio 2016 after both men's and women's team Olympic title on the opening weekend. But it was not as easy as expected…

All three Korean women were still alive in the quarterfinals. That’s when top seed Choi Misun was upset by Mexico's Alejandra Valencia in straight sets, 6-0.

Chang Hye Jin and reigning Champion Ki Bo Bae went through to the final four – but the second and third seeds were to face each other in the semis.

The older of the two, team captain Chang, shot a three in the first set. But she soon regained control to win three of the following four sets and the match. She went on to win the Olympic title, while Ki finished her competition in Rio with bronze.

2. Medal #4

Ki Bo Bae, who won the women's individual event in London in 2012, claimed her fourth career medal in Rio – totalling three golds and one bronze.

The only other Korean archer to go better is Kim Soo-Nyung with six Olympic medals – with four golds, one silver and one bronze.

3. 8th gold

Korea won its eighth gold medal in the women's individual event in the last nine editions of the Games when Chang won at Rio 2016 on Thurday at the Sambodromo.

Only China’s Zhang Juan Juan has been able to upset the Korean women’s supremacy since Los Angeles 1984, when she won the Olympic title at Beijing 2008 on home soil.

4. 22nd gold

Chang winning the women’s individual event in Rio gave the nation its 22nd Olympic gold in archery, overtaking Korea’s previous most-successful sport – short track ice skating at the Winter Olympics on 21 golds.

5. Celebration

Lisa Unruh is Germany’s first individual medallist in archery at the Olympics – while making her debut in the Games. The nation had won two medals prior to Rio, both in the women’s team event: silver in Atlanta in 1996 and bronze at Sydney 2000.

Unruh, 28, is the reigning World Archery Indoor Champion and World Archery Field Champion. Now, she’s the Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist.

“I can't believe I'm an Olympic medallist. It’s a big, big present for me,” the German archer said. “Now I need a break. I'm going to the German house to celebrate.”

The houses are homes from homes for athletes and officials at the Games.

6. Olympic best

Home favourite Ane Marcelle Dos Santos claimed the host nation's best ever result in archery at the Olympics when she ranked ninth in Rio.

No Brazilian archer had never past the first round in the three recent editions they were represented - 1992, 2008 and 2012 - since matchplay was introduced in Barcelona. Ane Marcelle won two matches in Rio.

7. Retirement

Naomi Folkard, 32, competed at her fourth consecutive Olympics in Rio. Her highest finish at a Games was 11th in 2004, and she finished fourth as part of a Great Britain women’s team in 2008.

In Rio, Naomi improved her personal best at the Olympics, making the top eight – but this, she said, is where she’ll stop.

“I've been a full-time archer for 11 years now and I need a life,” Naomi said after losing to Chang Hye Jin in the women’s quarterfinals in the Sambodromo. 

“I want to get into coaching and bring the next lot up to become Olympic Champions.”

Competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games continues with men’s finals on 12 August.