By Ian Ransom
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 11 : South Korean archer Ki Bo-bae’s defence of her Olympic individual title ended in the semi-finals today with a 7-3 defeat by compatriot Chang Hye-jin at the Rio Games.
The triple Olympic champion Ki, who won a second consecutive team gold with South Korea on Sunday, had been bidding to become the first archer to win back-to-back titles in the individual event.
In a tense match amid swirling winds at the Sambadrome, Chang was magnificent, landing a number of clutch shots to upset her more fancied rival.
Needing an eight to close out the contest, Chang fired into the innermost gold circle for a perfect score of 10 with the final arrow and embraced her teammate in a muted celebration before exiting to prepare for the title-decider later today.