South Korea wins big to conclude Archery World Cup in Shanghai

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SHANGHAI, May 21 (Xinhua) -- The 2023 Archery World Cup concluded at the Huangpu riverside here on Sunday as South Koreans won four of five golds in the recurve finals.

After sharing the glory in women's and men's teams, Kang Chae-young and Lee Woo-seok paired in the mixed team to add the third gold for South Korea on the final matchday.

However, the world top seed Kang was beaten by her young compatriot Lim Sih-yeon in the women's individual as the latter shot 30, 29, 30 in the final.

"It's an honor to play the finals and win it," said Lim. "Everything was perfect today - my technique, body condition and my aiming."

China took silvers in the men's and mixed team events, as well as a bronze in the women's team.

"We are narrowing the gap with the South Korean team. Losing one single game does not matter. We have confidence to do better next time," said Chinese men's team member Qi Xiangshuo.

Brazil's Marcus D'Almeida beat South Korean Oh Jin-hyek 28-26 in the decider to claim the men's title, stopping the South Korean team from grabbing the last gold of the day.

In Saturday's competitions, the 19-year-old Indian Prathamesh Samadhan Jawkar edged experienced Mike Schloesser 149-148 in the final to take gold in the compound men's individual event, winning a senior international for the first time.

South Korean Cho Su-a, another first-time winner, notched compound women's gold with an easier victory by beating Ella Gibson 146-140.

In the compound team finals, the men's, women's and mixed titles went to the Netherlands, Mexico and India respectively.

The Shanghai competition, which was last held in 2019, is the second stop of this year's World Cup after Antalya, Turkey in April. And the archers will gather again in Medellin, Colombia in June.