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Women's archery team competition: Preview

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Despite coming in third in the 2015 World Championships, the South Korea women's archery team comes into Rio heavily favorited to win the team gold medal, just as it has every Olympic Games since archery was introduced in Seoul in 1988.

The team is led by Ki Bo-bae, the reigning individual Olympic champion. She is joined by Choi Mi-sun, who is currently ranked no. 1 in the world, and Chang Hye-Jin, a member of the 2013 World Champion team, as well.

However, to win gold, South Korea will have to get past Russia, who upset Korea in the World Championships last year, winning gold. On team Russia is 2012 Olympian Ksenia Perova, who helped her team to a fourth place finish in London in 2012.

India also poses a threat to South Korea's dominance. It finished second at World Championships and is led by Deepika Kumari, who nearly broke the record for points scored during a round at the 2016 World Cup. She matched Bo-bae's 686 (a perfect score being a 720 - 12 rounds of 6 arrows).

Another, though less likely, medal contender is Chinese Taipei. The team was late to join the list of qualified countries, only solidifying a spot at the Final World Team Qualification Tournament after being upset at Worlds. The team, led by 2015 world individual silver medalist Lin Shih-Chia, has beaten South Korea twice - once at the 2015 Universiade competition and once at the 2015 World Cup in Medellin, Colombia.

Due to the United States being unable to qualify a full team, there will be no American representatives in the women's team competition. Mackenzie Brown, the sole American representative, begins her journey to gold tomorrow in the individual competition.

As of now, early predictions for medals in the women's team competition stand as such:

1. South Korea (KOR)

2. India (IND)

3. Russia (RUS)


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