Taiwanese archer’s victory paves way to individual medal events

By Enru Lin ,The China Post

Chinese Taipei archer Kuo Cheng-wei (郭振維) comfortably bested Ahmed El-nemr of Egypt in the men’s individual 1/16 elimination, paving his way to the men’s individual medal events scheduled for Friday at the London Olympics. The 1/8 elimination round individual medal events for archery are scheduled for this Friday at London. Kuo, known locally by the sobriquet “Big Bear” for his hulking build, easily knocked out his opponent in four sets with a final target score of 111-102.

Earlier Kuo had pulled a nerve-jangling win in the 1/32 elimination, over higher-ranked Elias Malave of Venezuela. Kuo lagged behind by four points in the first set, but gained by three and two in the second and third sets, respectively. In the fifth set, Kuo tied with Malave at 133. In individual archery matches, the winner is decided on the best of five sets. If a match is tied, a single-arrow shoot-off is held — the arrow nearest to the center of the target wins.

The Chinese Taipei archer inched ahead in the shoot-off round by landing a near-perfect shot, advancing over Malave to the 1/16 elimination. As of press time, Kuo is the only Chinese Taipei archer with assured eligibility for the 1/8 elimination. Earlier, Taiwan’s highest-ranked male archer Wang Cheng-pang (王正邦) advanced to the 1/16 elimination round over Columbia’s Daniel Filipe Pineda, but lost in a scrap with South Korea’s archery star Im Dong-hyun. Im, who is legally blind in his left eye with 20/200 vision, had shot 699 to beat his own world record in the men’s ranking round. Im dumped out Wang from the round of 16 with a target score of 133 to 131. In women’s archery, Le Chien-ying (雷千瑩) beat higher-ranked opponent in the 1/32 elimination round. Le took a two-point lead over Turkey’s Begul Lokluoglu in the first set, a three-point lead in the second, and clinched the match victory in the third set with three perfect 10s. Later in the round of 16, Le lost narrowly 136-134 to Carina Christiansen of Denmark.