TOKYO – Five years ago at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, South Korea won an unprecedented sweep of four gold in archery. The national anthem, “Aegukga”, was played at each medal ceremony, covering the men’s and women’s individual and team events.

For this year’s Tokyo Olympics, a fifth event, the mixed team, has been added. That can only mean one thing: a chance for South Korea, the most dominant archery power at the Olympics, to make history even more.

Since the introduction of modern archery competition at the 1972 Olympics, South Korea has won 23 gold medals, more than all other countries combined. It has 39 medals in total, 23 more than the United States.

Olympic archery competition expanded to four events in 1988, with the addition of men’s and women’s team events. South Korea won three of four gold medals on four occasions – 1988, 2000, 2004 and 2012 – before winning four in 2016.

The quest for a 5v5 sweep begins with the mixed team event on Saturday at the Yumenoshima Park Archery Field. It’s the first full day of competition after the opening ceremony, and one of the few events where South Korea is expected to fight for a medal.

The pressure will be on the South Korean archers to do what they are usually supposed to do and win a medal, thus setting the winning tone for the rest of the delegation.

So who will be responsible for carrying on the legacy on Saturday? This will be determined on Friday during the individual classification events.

These ranking rounds will determine the ranking of the 16 qualified pairs for the mixed team event by combining the individual scores of the archers. South Korea’s top-ranked male and female archers will team up on Saturday, joined by 15 other teams in a knockout knockout tournament.

In the mixed team event, each match will be played on sets of four arrows, two per archer in each set. The team with the highest score in a set wins two points. If the two teams are tied in a set, they each get one point.

The first team to reach five points wins the game. In the event of a tie after four sets, the match will be decided in a tiebreaker, with the archers each shooting an arrow. If the score is still tied, the arrow closest to the center is declared the winner. (Yonhap)

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