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Individual, Women

Date27 July – 2 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationLord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood, London
Participants64 from 40 countries
FormatRanking round followed by single-elimination matches. The ranking round consisted of 72 arrows at 70 m. Matches consisted of up to 5 sets of 3 arrows (at 70 m), winner was the first player to reach 6 points. In case of a tie, matches were decided with a single arrow, the one closest to the center winning the match. Final ranking for places 5-8 determined on number of set points won in quarter-finals, other competitors ranked by round of elimination.

South Korea’s position as the supreme nation in women’s archery had been secure since the mid-80s but they suffered a major shock at the 2011 World Championships when they were frozen out of the individual medals and could only muster bronze in the team event. Despite that setback, Korea still had a strong team and Ki Bo-Bae was considered co-favourite with Deepika Kumari who was bidding to be the first Indian woman to an Olympic title.

The women’s qualifying round was a much closer affair than the men’s equivalent with three women level on 671. Ki Bo-Bae topped the standings after by scoring more tens than compatriot Lee Seong-Jin and Tan Ya-Ting of Taipei.

For the London Games the format of the knockout rounds had changed from the previous Olympics. In Beijing matches were decided over the cumulative score of 12 arrows but in 2012 matches consisted of up to 5 sets of 3 arrows (with 2 points to the winner of each set and 1 for a tie), winner was the first player to reach 6 points. In case of a tie, matches were decided with a single arrow, the one closest to the centre winning the match. In theory this should have for a more dramatic, albeit unpredictable, tournament than before.

The first knockout round saw the exit of out of form world champion Denisse van Lamoen of Chile and more notably of world number one Deepika Kumari who lost to Britain’s Amy Oliver. There were few further major shocks until the quarter-final stage and then only in the bottom half of the draw as the Mexican pairing of Aída Román and Mariana Avitia both beat higher seeded opponents to ensure that they faced each other in the semi-finals. Román won and would then face Ki Bo-Bae in the gold medal match. After the requisite 5 sets the two archers were level on 5 points apiece so for the first time in Olympic history the women’s title would be decided by a single arrow shoot-off. Just as the shoot-off began a strong gust of wind blew up and neither woman could score better than an 8 but as Ki’s arrow was almost touching the gold sector she won the Olympic title. After her victory Ki burst into tears and apologised to the Korean nation for winning the gold by shooting an 8. “Koreans do not shoot eights” she said.

Avitia earned another medal for Mexico in the bronze medal match making the first time Mexico had won two medals in the same event since 1984. Although neither had particularly successful Games Natalia Valeeva of Italy and Great Britain’s Alison Williamson at least had the consolation of equalling the record for most appearances by an archer at the Olympic Games. For both it was their sixth Olympics.

PosArcherNOC
1Ki Bo-BaeKORGold
2Aída RománMEXSilver
3Mariana AvitiaMEXBronze
4Khatuna LorigUSA
5Kseniya PerovaRUS
6Lee Seong-JinKOR
7Pia LionettiITA
8Bérengère SchuhFRA
=9Ren HayakawaJPN
=9Ika RochmawatiINA
=9Choi Hyeon-JuKOR
=9Cheng MingCHN
=9Tan Ya-TingTPE
=9Miki KanieJPN
=9Carina ChristiansenDEN
=9Bishindeegiin UrantungalagMGL
=17Katsiaryna Muliuk-TimofeyevaBLR
=17Inna StepanovaRUS
=17Natalia ValeevaITA
=17Amy OliverGBR
=17Lin Jia-EnTPE
=17Iria GrandalESP
=17Alejandra ValenciaMEX
=17Louise LaursenDEN
=17Elena RichterGER
=17Miranda LeekUSA
=17Bombayla DeviIND
=17Xu JingCHN
=17Lei Chien-YingTPE
=17Naomi FolkardGBR
=17Jennifer NicholsUSA
=17Kristine EsebuaGEO
=33Rand Al-MashhadaniIRQ
=33Lidiya SichenikovaUKR
=33Rachelle CabralPHI
=33Christine BjerendalSWE
=33Nada KamelEGY
=33Kwon Un-SilPRK
=33Fang YutingCHN
=33Deepika KumariIND
=33Hashim Nurul SyafiqahMAS
=33Kaori KawanakaJPN
=33Jessica TomasiITA
=33Ana María RendónCOL
=33Reena PärnatEST
=33Leidys BritoVEN
=33Marie-Pier BeaudetCAN
=33Sherab ZamBHU
=33Nathalie DielenSUI
=33Maja JagerDEN
=33Karen HultzerRSA
=33Kateryna PalekhaUKR
=33Anastasiya BannovaKAZ
=33Evangelia PsarraGRE
=33Natalia LeśniakPOL
=33Tetiana DorokhovaUKR
=33Elisa BarnardAUS
=33Begül LöklüoğluTUR
=33Kristina TimofeyevaRUS
=33Zahra DehghanIRI
=33Chekrovolu SwuroIND
=33Alison WilliamsonGBR
=33Denisse van LamoenCHI
=33Maureen TuimalealiifanoSAM

Ranking Round (27 July 2012 — 13:00)

Ranking round for placement into single-elimination tournament.

PosTargetArcherNOCPoints10sXs1st Half2nd Half
11AKi Bo-BaeKOR6713113339 (1)332 (6)
22ALee Seong-JinKOR671304338 (3)333 (4)
34BTan Ya-TingTPE671288337 (4)334 (3)
44CKhatuna LorigUSA669324331 (9)338 (1)
56BLin Jia-EnTPE667338338 (2)329 (16)
68AMiki KanieJPN665307335 (5)330 (11)
71BCarina ChristiansenDEN663268332 (8)331 (7)
810ADeepika KumariIND662258327 (18)335 (2)
910BKseniya PerovaRUS659287329 (11)330 (13)
1011CMariana AvitiaMEX659208334 (6)325 (25)
1110CAída RománMEX658289329 (12)329 (15)
1219AAna María RendónCOL6572514327 (16)330 (9)
1312CAlejandra ValenciaMEX657244324 (25)333 (5)
146CMiranda LeekUSA656248331 (10)325 (24)
155CJennifer NicholsUSA654277328 (14)326 (20)
169ARen HayakawaJPN6542412324 (23)330 (14)
1711BInna StepanovaRUS653247323 (27)330 (12)
1814BBishindeegiin UrantungalagMGL6522510333 (7)319 (39)
197BPia LionettiITA652248328 (13)324 (27)
201CCheng MingCHN651256326 (19)325 (22)
213AChoi Hyeon-JuKOR651239321 (33)330 (10)
2211ABombayla DeviIND651204327 (17)324 (31)
2312BKristina TimofeyevaRUS650308325 (21)325 (23)
249BNatalia ValeevaITA650235322 (30)328 (17)
252CFang YutingCHN649205326 (20)323 (32)
2613BBegül LöklüoğluTUR648216324 (24)324 (=29)
273CXu JingCHN646258318 (39)328 (18)
287AKaori KawanakaJPN646254321 (32)325 (21)
2920BMarie-Pier BeaudetCAN645234318 (40)327 (19)
3019BElena RichterGER645224321 (31)324 (=29)
3118BDenisse van LamoenCHI645185321 (34)324 (28)1
329CLidiya SichenikovaUKR645185323 (28)322 (33)
3315BKatsiaryna Muliuk-TimofeyevaBLR644197327 (15)317 (45)
3422AKristine EsebuaGEO642156320 (36)322 (34)
353BMaja JagerDEN642152325 (22)317 (47)
362BLouise LaursenDEN641246310 (49)331 (8)
3716ABérengère SchuhFRA640247319 (37)321 (35)
3816CNatalia LeśniakPOL639205322 (29)317 (42)
395BLei Chien-YingTPE638154317 (45)321 (36)
4022BIka RochmawatiINA638146318 (42)320 (38)
4119CKwon Un-SilPRK638143321 (35)317 (44)
424ANaomi FolkardGBR637215317 (43)320 (37)
4313AEvangelia PsarraGRE636218323 (26)313 (50)
448BJessica TomasiITA635217311 (48)324 (26)
4520ALeidys BritoVEN634173317 (44)317 (43)
4621AKaren HultzerRSA631165319 (38)312 (52)
476AAlison WilliamsonGBR629165310 (50)319 (41)
4817ARachelle CabralPHI627174318 (41)309 (53)
4914CChristine BjerendalSWE625205311 (47)314 (49)
5012AChekrovolu SwuroIND625199309 (52)316 (48)
518CKateryna PalekhaUKR624166305 (54)319 (40)
5221BReena PärnatEST621125304 (56)317 (46)
5318CIria GrandalESP618154306 (53)312 (51)
5416BAnastasiya BannovaKAZ614152309 (51)305 (55)
5517CZahra DehghanIRI61490305 (55)309 (54)
5618ANada KamelEGY611123314 (46)297 (60)
575AAmy OliverGBR608135303 (57)305 (56)
5815AElisa BarnardAUS601133298 (59)303 (58)
597CTetiana DorokhovaUKR599104295 (60)304 (57)
6020CHashim Nurul SyafiqahMAS59993302 (58)297 (61)
6113CSherab ZamBHU58973286 (61)303 (59)
6217BNathalie DielenSUI52881254 (62)274 (62)
6314AMaureen TuimalealiifanoSAM52062253 (63)267 (63)
6415CRand Al-MashhadaniIRQ49891250 (64)248 (64)

Round One (30 July – 1 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to round two.

Match #1 01 Aug 18:02Ki Bo-BaeKOR 6 – 0Rand Al-MashhadaniIRQ
Match #2 01 Aug 18:15Katsiaryna Muliuk-TimofeyevaBLR 6 – 5Lidiya SichenikovaUKR
Match #3 31 Jul 15:26Inna StepanovaRUS 7 – 1Rachelle CabralPHI
Match #4 31 Jul 15:39Ren HayakawaJPN 6 – 4Christine BjerendalSWE
Match #5 01 Aug 9:26Kseniya PerovaRUS 6 – 0Nada KamelEGY
Match #6 01 Aug 9:39Natalia ValeevaITA 7 – 3Kwon Un-SilPRK
Match #7 01 Aug 10:44Ika RochmawatiINA 6 – 4Fang YutingCHN
Match #8 01 Aug 10:57Amy OliverGBR 6 – 2Deepika KumariIND
Match #9 31 Jul 16:44Lin Jia-EnTPE 6 – 2Hashim Nurul SyafiqahMAS
Match #10 31 Jul 16:57Bérengère SchuhFRA 6 – 2Kaori KawanakaJPN
Match #11 01 Aug 15:26Choi Hyeon-JuKOR 6 – 5Jessica TomasiITA
Match #12 01 Aug 15:39Iria GrandalESP 6 – 2Ana María RendónCOL
Match #13 01 Aug 16:44Alejandra ValenciaMEX 7 – 1Reena PärnatEST
Match #14 01 Aug 16:57Cheng MingCHN 6 – 4Leidys BritoVEN
Match #15 01 Aug 12:02Louise LaursenDEN 7 – 3Marie-Pier BeaudetCAN
Match #16 01 Aug 12:15Khatuna LorigUSA 6 – 0Sherab ZamBHU
Match #17 30 Jul 16:44Tan Ya-TingTPE 6 – 4Nathalie DielenSUI
Match #18 30 Jul 16:57Elena RichterGER 6 – 5Maja JagerDEN
Match #19 30 Jul 9:26Pia LionettiITA 6 – 2Karen HultzerRSA
Match #20 30 Jul 9:39Miranda LeekUSA 6 – 2Kateryna PalekhaUKR
Match #21 30 Jul 10:44Aída RománMEX 6 – 2Anastasiya BannovaKAZ
Match #22 30 Jul 10:57Bombayla DeviIND 6 – 4Evangelia PsarraGRE
Match #23 30 Jul 12:02Xu JingCHN 6 – 2Natalia LeśniakPOL
Match #24 30 Jul 12:15Miki KanieJPN 7 – 1Tetiana DorokhovaUKR
Match #25 30 Jul 15:26Carina ChristiansenDEN 7 – 3Elisa BarnardAUS
Match #26 30 Jul 15:39Lei Chien-YingTPE 6 – 0Begül LöklüoğluTUR
Match #27 31 Jul 9:26Naomi FolkardGBR 6 – 4Kristina TimofeyevaRUS
Match #28 31 Jul 9:39Mariana AvitiaMEX 6 – 2Zahra DehghanIRI
Match #29 31 Jul 10:44Jennifer NicholsUSA 6 – 5Chekrovolu SwuroIND
Match #30 31 Jul 10:57Bishindeegiin UrantungalagMGL 7 – 3Alison WilliamsonGBR
Match #31 31 Jul 12:02Kristine EsebuaGEO 6 – 0Denisse van LamoenCHI
Match #32 31 Jul 12:15Lee Seong-JinKOR 6 – 0Maureen TuimalealiifanoSAM

Round Two (30 July – 1 August 2012)

Winner of each match advanced to round three.

Match #1 01 Aug 18:41Ki Bo-BaeKOR 6 – 2Katsiaryna Muliuk-TimofeyevaBLR
Match #2 31 Jul 16:05Ren HayakawaJPN 7 – 3Inna StepanovaRUS
Match #3 01 Aug 10:05Kseniya PerovaRUS 6 – 2Natalia ValeevaITA
Match #4 01 Aug 11:23Ika RochmawatiINA 7 – 1Amy OliverGBR
Match #5 31 Jul 17:23Bérengère SchuhFRA 6 – 5Lin Jia-EnTPE
Match #6 01 Aug 16:05Choi Hyeon-JuKOR 6 – 5Iria GrandalESP
Match #7 01 Aug 17:23Cheng MingCHN 7 – 1Alejandra ValenciaMEX
Match #8 01 Aug 12:41Khatuna LorigUSA 6 – 4Louise LaursenDEN
Match #9 30 Jul 17:23Tan Ya-TingTPE 6 – 2Elena RichterGER
Match #10 30 Jul 10:05Pia LionettiITA 6 – 4Miranda LeekUSA
Match #11 30 Jul 11:23Aída RománMEX 6 – 2Bombayla DeviIND
Match #12 30 Jul 12:41Miki KanieJPN 6 – 0Xu JingCHN
Match #13 30 Jul 16:05Carina ChristiansenDEN 6 – 4Lei Chien-YingTPE
Match #14 31 Jul 10:05Mariana AvitiaMEX 6 – 2Naomi FolkardGBR
Match #15 31 Jul 11:23Bishindeegiin UrantungalagMGL 6 – 4Jennifer NicholsUSA
Match #16 31 Jul 12:41Lee Seong-JinKOR 6 – 2Kristine EsebuaGEO

Round Three (2 August 2012 — 9:00)

Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.

Match #1 02 Aug 9:39Ki Bo-BaeKOR 6 – 0Ren HayakawaJPN
Match #2 02 Aug 9:26Kseniya PerovaRUS 6 – 5Ika RochmawatiINA
Match #3 02 Aug 9:13Bérengère SchuhFRA 6 – 5Choi Hyeon-JuKOR
Match #4 02 Aug 9:00Khatuna LorigUSA 7 – 3Cheng MingCHN
Match #5 02 Aug 9:52Pia LionettiITA 6 – 2Tan Ya-TingTPE
Match #6 02 Aug 10:05Aída RománMEX 7 – 3Miki KanieJPN
Match #7 02 Aug 10:18Mariana AvitiaMEX 6 – 2Carina ChristiansenDEN
Match #8 02 Aug 10:31Lee Seong-JinKOR 6 – 0Bishindeegiin UrantungalagMGL

Quarter-Finals (2 August 2012 — 14:00)

Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals.

Match #1 02 Aug 14:13Ki Bo-BaeKOR 6 – 4Kseniya PerovaRUS
Match #2 02 Aug 14:00Khatuna LorigUSA 6 – 2Bérengère SchuhFRA
Match #3 02 Aug 14:26Aída RománMEX 6 – 2Pia LionettiITA
Match #4 02 Aug 14:39Mariana AvitiaMEX 6 – 2Lee Seong-JinKOR

Semi-Finals (2 August 2012 — 14:52)

Winner of each match advanced to final round.

Match #1 02 Aug 14:52Ki Bo-BaeKOR 6 – 2Khatuna LorigUSA
Match #2 02 Aug 15:05Aída RománMEX 6 – 2Mariana AvitiaMEX

Final Round (2 August 2012 — 15:21)

Match #1 02 Aug 15:37Ki Bo-BaeKOR 6 – 5Aída RománMEX
Match #2 02 Aug 15:21Mariana AvitiaMEX 6 – 2Khatuna LorigUSA