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South Korea''s Ki Bo Bae competes against Russia''s Ksenia Perova in the women''s archery quarterfinal match at Lord''s Cricket Ground in London on August 2, 2012 during the London 2012 Olympic Games. South Korea won the match. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages
Ki Bo Bae: Hits two-gold target in archery


23 Oct 2012
With her white summer hat, upturned at the brim, Ki Bo Bae could easily have been mistaken for a tourist in St John’s Wood – a trendy district of London famous for The Beatles’ Abbey Road zebra-crossing album cover. Ki, however, was all business, as she defended the pride and honour of Korea in women’s archery by winning the team event on July 29 and the individual title in the hallowed setting of Lord’s Cricket Ground on August 2.

With thousands of flag-waving Koreans in the stands on a perfect afternoon, the women’s individual final was a sight to behold. Mexico presented the biggest challenge to Ki’s hopes on an occasionally blustery afternoon, but she came through in a rather scrappy shoot-off against Aida Roman to clinch her second gold medal of London 2012.

Typically, her thoughts were not of personal glory but disappointment that her colleagues from the gold medal-winning team event could not join her on the podium. “My major feeling is that I have been extremely lucky,” she said. “The biggest joy is that I can stand in front of my elders with pride in what I have achieved.”

Ki, 24, from Anyang, Gyeonggi-do, took up archery in fourth grade at primary school because it was offered as a school sport. She listed her three national youth championship victories as the most memorable moments of her career coming into the London Games.

A member of the Gwangju City Hall club, Ki had won the women’s team gold at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, in 2010, while finishing fifth in the individual event.

Her two gold medals in London make her the latest recipient of the OCA Awards for outstanding performances by Asian athletes at London 2012, and she will visit Macau, China, to collect her award on November 8 at the OCA General Assembly Banquet. 
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