Russia trio back on the podium

Russian men and Korean women prevail after enthralling day’s action at London 2012. 05 Sep 2012
Russian archers

Mikhail Oyun, Oleg Shestakov and Timur Tuchinov of Russia celebrate their gold medals in the men's team recurve


“We confirmed we are the best archers on the planet."

Russian archers Timur Tuchinov, Oleg Shestakov and Mikhail Oyun followed up their individual archery success by helping their country clinch a gold medal against Republic of Korea in the men’s team recurve open final.

Tuchinov had taken gold, Shestakov silver and Mikhail Oyun bronze in the individual event, and repeated their triumph at the Royal Artillery Barracks on Wednesday (5 September).

“We confirmed we are the best archers on the planet,” Tuchinov said after the 205-200 win.

“London has accepted us with open arms. (I’m) happy things worked out as they did.”

China took the bronze by beating Great Britain 206-193.

It was Korea that prevailed in the women’s event, beating China 205-200 to take gold.

Their team of Hee Sook Ko, Ran Sook Kim and Hwa Sook Lee maintained their consistency throughout the gold medal match.

"In 2000, when I got a medal in the individual competition (W1/W2 bronze at the Sydney Paralympic Games), I was the only female archer from Korea,” Ko said.

“A senior member of the Korean archery federation promised me that they would organise a female archery team for future competitions.

“This win reminds me of that moment. I am so delighted to be here.”

Iran’s 188-184 win over Italy secured the bronze medal.