Bostan, Wentzel and Kim set new Universiade records during qualification

9 July 2019
Napoli, Italy
Over 200 student athletes are competing in the archery competition at the 2019 Universiade.

Lee Woo Seok, Kang Chae Young, Kim Jongho and Yesim Bostan finished top of the ranking rounds at the 2019 Summer Universiade in Napoli, Italy as Korean athletes seeded first in eight of the 10 individual and team events.

Bostan and Danelle Wentzel tied for the high score over compound women’s qualification with 701 points – a new Universiade record – but the Turkish world number four took the top seed because she shot 27 Xs to Danelle’s 24.

“I’m happy with my results but I didn’t know it would be a record. I’m really happy about that. It was windy but it wasn’t a problem,” said Bostan.

“This is my third Universiade. My goal at every competition is to the win the gold medal and it is the same here.”

Kim beat his own Universiade record of 705 points with 716 for the 72-arrow 50-metre ranking round.

He and Kang Chae Young arrived in Napoli as defending champions from Taipei in 2017. Jongho also won the compound men’s competition at the Universiade in Gwangju in 2015.

World record holder and world number one Chae Young led all recurve women in Napoli with 676 points. Her Korean teammate Choi Misun seeded second on 669.

Lee Woo Seok’s 672 was top of the recurve men’s field by six points.

Korea ranked first in five of the six team events. Mexico’s Miguel Becerra and Rodolfo Gonzalez prevented the sweep by seeding top as a compound men’s team.

The team competition at the 2019 Summer Universiade is unique in that each team only consists of two athletes rather than the standard three. Eliminations will mirror the format of the mixed team event.

Archery at the Universiade is open to student athletes aged up to 25. There are seven athletes ranked in the top 10 in the world competing in Napoli.

The archery competitions at the 2019 Summer Universiade take place on 8-13 July in Napoli, Italy.