For as acquainted a presence on the medal stand as Korea has turn into, lots of its archers stay pretty nameless.
That is partly by design. With a pool of greater than 100 full-time professionals to select from, archery’s main aggressive nation by no means depends on a single archer to win, as an alternative putting its religion in course of, coaching and buildings that develop a seemingly infinite reservoir of proficient athletes from which its nationwide crew is chosen.
Final month, the Korean Olympic Committee reportedly set a clean-sweep goal for its archers in Tokyo.
They’re, for sure, favourites – the one variable is who precisely these favourites may be. Of the six Korean archers going to Japan, 4 might be making their debut on the Video games.
Oh Jin Hyek, the primary Korean man to win a person Olympic title, is among the two members of the squad in Tokyo with Olympic expertise. The wily, resilient veteran is aware of simply how cutthroat Korea’s choice course of might be.
And he wasn’t planning to place himself via it once more in 2021.
4 years after accumulating gold on the 2012 Olympics in London, Oh missed out on the prospect to defend his title at Rio 2016, dropping off the squad that will as an alternative ship his Hyundai Metal teammate – and eventual winner – Ku Bonchan to Brazil.
It signalled what might have been the top of an illustrious profession.