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Olympics Rio 2016: Chang Hye-Jin claims women's individual gold for South Korea

Chang claims women's individual gold for South Korea
By Reuters

11/08/2016 at 21:04Updated 11/08/2016 at 21:36

South Korea's Chang Hye-jin stepped out of compatriot Ki Bo-bae's shadow to defeat German Lisa Unruh for the women's individual archery gold medal at the Rio Olympics on Thursday.

The least fancied of three formidable Koreans in the draw, Chang upset champion Ki in a nerve-jangling semi-final and then held off Unruh to ensure the title would remain in South Korean hands for the eighth time in nine Olympics.

It was Chang's second gold of the Games after earlier taking the women's team title with Ki and Choi-Misun.

Uncharacteristically wayward in the late matches, Ki recovered her aim when it counted on a blustery day at the Sambadrome to defeat Mexico's Alejandre Valencia 6-4 in the bronze playoff and claim her fourth Olympic medal.

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