The Malta Independent on Sunday

Ku Bonchan secures Korean gold medal cleansweep as archery ends


The archery competitio­n at Rio 2016 came to a close this Friday (12 August) at the Sambodromo, ending with a clean sweep of gold medals for the Republic of Korea.

In a dramatic final day, Korean archer Ku Bonchan defeated 2016 European champion JeanCharle­s Valladont of France for the men's individual gold, meaning that the Republic of Korea have won all four gold medals available in the archery at Rio 2016. Ku began the final scoring a perfect 30, quickly going on to winning the first two sets.

The Korean could have wrapped things up in the third set but Valladont’s 28 was upgraded to a 29 after a judge ruled one arrow in the 10 ring.

After coming close to sealing it again in the fourth set, Ku finally guaranteed a Korean gold medal whitewash after his 27 in the final set was good enough to see off Valladont.

In a dramatic finish, Ku and his coaches got down on their knees to thank them for their warm support.

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South Korea’s Ku Bonchan

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