South Korea topped all nations at the 2019 World Archery Championships as 56 Olympic quotas were awarded. In terms of Olympic qualification, the eight highest ranked teams and the four highest ranked eligible individuals in the recurve events qualified their nation to the Olympics. Each team will be made up of three athletes and all athletes will be eligible to compete in the individual event. The World Archery Championships was held in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands from June 9th to June 16th 2019.
The men’s team recurve saw South Korea top the qualification round with a combined score of 2082. This was 48 points ahead of their next competitors, the Netherlands and Chinese Taipei whom finished tied with a total of 2034 points. The Olympic quotas were decided during the 1/8 finals. In terms of seeding upsets Australia, India and Kazakhstan all defeated Turkey, Canada and the United States respectively. Also qualifying to the Olympics were China, Chinese Taipei, Great Britain, the Netherlands and South Korea. The event was won by China whom defeated India 6-2. The bronze medal was won by South Korea who defeated the Netherlands 5-3.
The qualification round of the women’s team recurve was similarly topped by South Korea whom finished the round with a combined score of 2041, six more than second place China and 43 more than third place Chinese Taipei. The 1/8 finals and Olympic quotas saw seeding upsets by Belarus and Russia whom defeated India and Japainn respectively. Also qualifying to the Olympics were China, Chinese Taipei, Germany, Great Britain, South Korea and Ukraine. Chinese Taipei won the event as they defeated the 2017 World Champions South Korea 6-2. The bronze medal match between China and Great Britain required a tie-breaker where Great Britain won.
The individual events saw 2018 Asian Games silver medalist Lee Woo-seok of South Korea top the qualification round of the men’s event with a score 696, one more than 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Brady Ellison of the United States. The elimination round saw many upsets including all three South Korean archers, all ranked in the top four eliminated before the quarterfinals. As all four semi-finalists were not among the nations qualified from the team event, they all qualified a quota to the Olympics. This includes Ellison, Bangladesh’s Mohammed Ruman Shana, Italy’s Mauro Nespoli and Malaysia’s Khairul Mohamad. The event was won by Ellison whom defeated Mohamad in a tiebreaker while Shana created history by winning Bangladesh’s first medal after he defeated Nespoli 7-1.
In the women’s individual event, a new world record was set in the qualification round where South Korea’s Kang Chae-young bettered her old record by one point to finish with a total of 692. This was 12 points ahead of Chinese Taipei’s Lei Chien-ying and China’s Zheng Yichai whom finished tied with 680 points. Only one archer from a nation that did not win a team quota reached the quarterfinals, Moldova’s Alexandra Mirca grabbed the first quota. The other three quotas were decided in a special contest between the four eligible archers whom lost in the 1/8 finals. Mexico’s Alejandra Valencia and Sweden’s Christine Bjerendal qualified their nations with victories over France’s Audrey Adiceom and Denmark’s Maja Jager respectively. Jager grabbed the final quota by defeating Adiceom 6-4. Lei won the event over Kang in a tiebreaker while the bronze medal was won by South Korea’s Choi Mi-sun whom defeated Germany’s Michelle Kroppen 6-0.
Due to South Korea and China qualifying a team quota in the men’s and women’s event respectively, the quota that was won by those nations at the 2018 Asian Games has now been reallocated to Indonesia, the highest ranked eligible nation. Additionally, by qualifying a quota in both the men’s and women’s events China, Chinese Taipei, Great Britain and South Korea are all now eligible to compete in the mixed team event. The next chance for nations to qualify in archery will be at their respective continental games and qualifiers.