Rome 2017 competition preview #3: Recurve women

Archery’s annual international tour took athletes to Shanghai, Antalya, Salt Lake City and Berlin in 2017, as the world’s best shooters looked to secure ranking points towards qualifying for the Hyundai Archery World Cup Final.

With the ranking lists settled after stage four, seven archers in each competition category – plus the top ranked mixed teams – were invited to Rome. Joined by an Italian host-nation representative at this 12th edition of the event, they’ll contest coveted Hyundai Archery World Cup Champion crowns.

All the previews

  • Compound women (26 August)
  • Compound men (27 August)
  • Expert predictions (28 August)
  • Recurve women (29 August)
  • Recurve men (30 August)
  • Mixed team (31 August)

Statsheet #3: Recurve women

  • Number of athletes: 8
  • Number of nations: 7
  • Defending Champion: Ki Bo Bae
  • World number one: Chang Hye Jin

The one-to-beat

World number one Chang Hye Jin has produced some of the best arrows of the year – and done it all with a grin and a wave. Winning the Games in Brazil has spurred her on to further greatness, and she’s the one who’ll dictate the story of this event in Rome.

Storyline

A semifinal that should probably be a final? If Chang Hye Jin, Rio 2016 winner, and Ki Bo Bae, London 2012 winner, both win their first matches, the Olympic Champions will face each other in the semis.

It already happened once before in 2017, when Ki beat Chang to Shanghai gold at stage one – but this tasty Rome arena semifinal could yield one of the best matches of the weekend, especially if both arrive in Italy in form.

Qualifiers

(The seed for the event is given in brackets after each athlete’s name. Statistics are from the 2017 season only; average arrow in 70-metre ranking rounds and matches, match wins at continental level and above.)

CHANG HYE JIN, Korea (1)

Chang Hye Jin’s average match arrow score is an incredible 9.48, which is nearly a third of a point more each shot than the nearest competitor…

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