Three Olympic records set on archery’s opening day at Tokyo 2020
Three Olympic records were set and Korea seeded first in all five events on the opening day of the archery competitions at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Qualification took place on the day of the opening ceremony in Japan.
In the morning session, An San broke the women’s Olympic record, which had stood for 25 years since Atlanta 1996, by seven points and led the Korean women to a new team record, too. She partnered with Kim Je Deok, the 17-year-old who seeded top in the men’s event in the afternoon, to set the first-ever Olympic record for mixed team qualification.
Top seeds: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Qualification seeds athletes and teams for the matchplay phase of the tournament.
For the first time since the quota system was introduced in 1996, there was a cut to eliminate athletes in the mixed team event after the qualifying round. Only 16 of the 29 eligible nations progressed to the brackets.
Competition now moves to the arena in Yumenoshima Park, with three medals awarded over the next three days.
The first medal will come in the new mixed team event, which sees one man and one woman from the same nation compete together and is making its debut as an event at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, on Saturday 24 July.
World Archery president Prof Dr Ugur Erdener issued the following statement ahead of competition.