Belarus, China, Chinese Taipei, Germany, Great Britain, Korea, Russia and Ukraine qualified recurve women’s teams to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games by making the quarterfinals at the 2019 Hyundai World Archery Championships in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.
Three years of training – since the last Games – is tested in just 20 minutes. After this, there is only one more opportunity to qualify a team – and only three team places remaining.
Here’s a match-by-match rundown of the recurve women’s team Olympic quota head-to-heads at the world championships.
Korea (1) beats Spain (17): 6-0
Korean women shot a pair of 56-point sets and then closed with a 60. The team has never been beaten at the Olympic Games.
Chang Hye Jin, Korea: “Since Olympic quota spots were at stake, we were all very nervous but we focused on ourselves. In practice, we were able to shoot a lot of ends of 60 and we were so happy to have been able to shoot that in competition.”
Alicia Marin, Spain: “We’re not feeling great but not too bad at the same time because we knew Korea is such a strong team. It’s the first year we’ve been shooting together and it’s good to be here.”
Russia (9) beats Japan (8): 6-0
Olympic team silver medallists Russia defeated hosts of next Games with second-highest average set score of the field.
Inna Stepanova, Russia: “We completed the main goal for today and now we’re not stopping. We’re ready to fight until the end.”
Great Britain (5) beats Italy (12): 6-2
Brits closed with sets of 56 and 55 points against Italy’s 54 and 52, sealing win.
Bryony Pitman, Great Britain: “Pretty amazing, this is what we’ve worked so hard to do. The fact that we didn’t do it four years ago and struggled in the year leading up to the Games, to actually have a full team, men and women, a year ahead of the Games it’s amazing.”
Germany (4) beats Mexico (13): 6-2
Germany averaged nearly 55 points a set to Mexico’s 53 in the victory.
Elena Richter: “We hoped for this for a long time. Lisa and I were in our third try to get the spot for the team – and I feel the energy goes out somewhere.” (She was dancing.)
Chinese Taipei (3) beats France (14): 6-0
Chinese Taipei shot sets of 57, 55 and 55 points to take straight-set victory.
Peng Chia-Mao, Chinese Taipei: “Of course, this is very important. It’s the most important match I’ve ever shot. This is my first championships, too. So I was nervous. But I knew what I had to do. I went step-by-step with everything. And I got a good performance in the end.”
“We are always united as one, and we can gather strength from each other. That’s how we stay calm.”
Belarus (11) beats India (6): 6-2
This is the first time Belarus has qualified an archery team to the Olympics.
Karyna Kazlouskaya, Belarus: “When we went to the field today, I really thought we could do this and we could win. I knew that we were a really good team, really good friends and that we could do it together.”
Bombayla Devi Laishram, India: “I shot okay, I thought. Not good. Medium for me. We had some technical problems. In practice, we had no problems, we were shooting 10s. But when competition started, we had a problem.”
Ukraine (7) beats Sweden (23): 5-3
Sweden faltered in last two sets as Ukraine pulled away with 51 to 49 in the third set and 50 to 45 in the last.
Anastasia Pavlova, Ukraine: “We were really nervous, like how we have never been before. It’s very hard to win a place and we just did it, that’s why we are crying.”
China (2) beats Turkey (15): 6-0
The Turkish team never found the middle as China won with sets of 50, 52 and 53 points.
Meng Fanxu, China: “We are very excited for securing the place. We were super nervous, so we tried throughout the match to calm ourselves and shoot well. We are very, very happy.”
“Turkey’s score doesn’t show their real potential. They are a very good team and we were actually a little bit worried to shoot against them. Unfortunately for them, luckily for us, they made some mistakes that we used as an opportunity to win the match.”
The 2019 Hyundai World Archery Championships take place on 10-16 June in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.