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Tokyo 2020: Why is S. Korea so good at archery? Updated: 2021-07-26 17:03:42 KST

Time now for "This Week in Sports" and so joining us in the studio is our sports editor Paul Neat.
Paul, let's begin with archery. South Korea picked up a third gold medal on this Monday
What can you tell us?

Yes, the men's archery team beat Chinese Taipei earlier this evening.
Oh Jin-hyek, Kim Woo-jin and Kim Je-deok beat Chinese Taipei six to zero to record a sixth triumph in the event since 1988.
Kim Je-deok, who also won gold in the mixed team event, now has a chance to claim the triple crown if he goes on to win the men's individual event on Saturday.

Archery, a sport long-known as being one of Korea's strongest but what is it that makes Korean archers so good?

There are many theories behind why, including Korea's army using bows and arrows as far back as the 5th Century.
But An San, the double gold medalist from the mixed team and women's team events, says that it is because of a transparent selection process.
When the Tokyo Olympics were postponed in March 2020, the Korea Archery Association was still carrying out multistage trials.
But as 2021 came, the KAA didn't simply give out Olympic spots to those in position to qualify in 2020.
Instead, wanting to ensure the best archers would represent the country in Tokyo, Olympic trials started again from scratch.
The trials themselves have actually been described as being more difficult than the Olympics.
As well as today's win in the men's division, An San and Kim Je-deok won Team Korea's first gold on Saturday, beating the team from the Netherlands.
Then on Sunday, the team of An San, Jang Min-hee and Kang Chae-young beat the team from Russia for a second gold medal.
South Korea leads the historical Olympic medal count in archery with 42 total, 26 of those being gold.

Over the weekend the men's football team were also in action and picked up a comprehensive victory to go top of the group.
How did it unfold and how will the team prepare for the last group match against Honduras?

It was a much-needed win. Korea ran out 4-0 winners over Romania on Sunday night in Kashima.
Korea took the lead via an own goal and had a slice of luck with the second when Lee Dong-gyeong's shot took two deflections before finding the back of the net eventually off Um Won-sang.
But Korea switched up a gear thereafter and were playing against 10 men due to a red card.
Lee Kang-in came off the bench and converted a penalty on 83 minutes before he added a fourth in the 90th.
Up next is Honduras on Wednesday at 5:30 PM Korea time.
Head Coach Kim Hak-bum said on Monday that despite only needing a draw the team "simply must win."
He is expecting his players to play with pace and by pressing the opposition.

Moving onto swimming now, there will be a first South Korean swimmer in the 200 meter freestyle final for the first time in nine years.

Yes, earlier on this Monday, Hwang Sun-woo the reached 200 meter freestyle final.
Hwang finished his semifinals race in 1-minute 45.53 seconds at Tokyo Aquatics Centre, fifth in his heat but sixth overall among 16 swimmers.
The top eight will race in the final, scheduled for 10:43 AM Tuesday.
18-year-old Hwang is the first South Korean swimmer since Park Tae-hwan in 2012 to reach an Olympic final.

Speaking of teenage sensations, a 13-year-old has won the women's street skateboarding. What can you tell us?

Earlier today 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya won the first-ever women's street skateboarding gold medal.
In fact, two of the youngest competitors at the Olympic Games won the gold and silver.
The gold medalist, Momiji Nishiya, wrote her name into the history books with a score of 15.26.
Her final three runs of 4.15, 4.66 and 3.43 were enough to secure top spot on the podium as she beat Brazil's Rayssa Leal, also 13, and 16-year-old Funa Nakayama to gold in what is believed to be the youngest Olympic podium ever.

Looking to some more achievements from other countries over the weekend, there were surprises in the swimming and basketball. What can you tell us?

Well starting with the swimming, Tunisian teenager Ahmed Hafnaoui caused one of the biggest shocks of the Tokyo Olympics so far with a stunning 400-meter freestyle gold medal.
The 18-year-old who was ranked 100th in the world put on a thrilling performance over the last 50 meters to come home in 3-minutes 43.36 seconds.
He beat Australian Jack McLoughlin, who took silver, and American Kieran Smith, who won bronze.
In basketball, on Sunday the USA team suffered a shock loss to France.
The USA's men's basketball team saw their 25-game Olympic winning streak end as they were stunned 83-76 by France in their Tokyo opener.
Evan Fournier scored 28 points for the French as the Americans, who have won gold in the past three Olympics, were beaten for the first time since 2004.
The biggest NBA stars, including LeBron James and Steph Curry, decided not to go to Tokyo.
Next up are Iran and the Czech Republic and two wins will put the U.S. into the quarters.

Alright, thank-you for that, Paul.
We shall see you next time.

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