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New archery competition unveiled featuring reigning Olympic medalists

All Headlines 13:06 September 12, 2016

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Sept. 12 (Yonhap) -- The national archery governing body on Monday unveiled a new competition pitting the top homegrown archers against each other this fall.

The new tournament has been dubbed the Hyundai Motor Chung Mong-koo Cup Korea Archery Competition, after the honorary chairman of the Korea Archery Association (KAA). Chung's son, Chung Eui-sun, is the current chairman of the archery governing body.

It will be held from Oct. 20 to 22 in Seoul. An auxiliary venue will be set up at Jamsil Sports Complex for the preliminaries. The quarterfinals, semifinals and final will be held at Olympic Park's Peace Square on Oct. 22.

The competition will take place about two months after South Korea's historic sweep of four archery gold medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. All six Rio contestants -- Chang Hye-jin, Ki Bo-bae and Choi Mi-sun for women, and Ku Bon-chan, Kim Woo-jin and Lee Seung-yun for men -- will be in action.

They will be among the 160 archers -- the top 80 for men and women -- in the field, according to the KAA. There will be men's and women's individual events, but no team competitions.

South Korea has been a dominant force in Olympic archery for decades, leading all nations with 23 gold medals, and its talent pool is so deep that a domestic competition may have the intensity of an international event.

The total purse will be 440 million won (US$396,000), the largest ever at a domestic archery event. The winner will take home 100 million won.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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