Ki Bo-bae

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Ki Bo-Bae
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Ki Bo-Bae at the 2012 Olympics in London
Personal information
NationalitySouth Korean
BornFebruary 20, 1988 (1988-02-20) (age 31)
Anyang, Gyeonggi-do
Height167 cm (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight57 kg (126 lb)[1]
Event(s)Recurve archery
Coached byPark Chae-soon[2]

Ki Bo-Bae (Hangul: 기보배; Korean pronunciation: [ɛ̝] or [ki] [po.bɛ̝]; born February 20, 1988 in Anyang, Gyeonggi Province) is a South Korean archer. She took up archery in fourth grade at primary school as archery was offered as a school sport, and she now competes for the South Korean national team. In 2011, Ki became the ninth woman to achieve the world number one ranking in the women's individual recurve rankings. She won Olympic gold in both the team and individual archery events at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Ki earned her third Olympic gold medal as a member of the gold medal winning South Korean women's archery team at the 2016 Summer Olympics. In the women's individual event at the 2016 Summer Olympics, she won the bronze medal. In 2016, she ranked as world number 4.[2]



Ki was selected for the South Korean archery team alongside Joo Hyun-jung and Yun Ok-hee to contest the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou. She was eliminated by China's Cheng Meng in the quarter-finals of the women's individual competition, but won the gold medal in the women's event with Joo and Yun, defeating China in the final.[3][4]

At the following year's Archery World Cup, Ki won two medals at the tournament's second stage held in Antalya. A gold medal in the women's team event alongside Jung Dasomi and Han Gyeong-hee was followed by a silver medal in the women's individual, Ki losing to Jung in an all-South Korean final.[5]

2012: Double Olympic Champion[edit]

Ki (left) celebrates her 2012 gold medal win in the women's team event with Lee Sungjin (centre) and Choi Hyeon-ju (right)

Ki began 2012 strongly with two gold medals at the first stage of the 2012 Archery World Cup held in Shanghai, winning in the women's team event with Chang Hye-jin and Lee Sung-jin before taking the women's individual title.[6]

Ki began the 2012 Summer Olympics with a strong performance in the 72-arrow ranking round, held on 27 July. A score of 671 points tied her at the top of the standings with teammate Lee Sung-jin and Chinese Taipei's Tan Ya-ting, but Ki was awarded the number one seed on countback after landing a higher number of arrows in the central ring of the target, recording one more than Lee and three more than Tan. With a combined score of 1,993 points, Ki, Lee, and Choi Hyeon-ju also secured the number one seed for the women's team competition.[7]

The trio successfully advanced to the final of the women's team event, held on 29 July, with Ki shooting the final arrow that secured a one-point victory over China. The win was South Korea's seventh consecutive Olympic gold medal in the discipline.[8] In the women's individual event, Ki was the sole South Korean to advance to the medal matches, contesting the final with Mexico's Aída Román on 2 August. In a close match, Román took Ki to a one-arrow shoot-off after winning the fifth set, the pair both landing their arrows in the target's 8-ring. Ki's arrow was however judged to be marginally closer to the centre, giving her a second Olympic gold medal.[9][10] A tearful Ki later apologised during a press conference after the medal ceremony, stating that "Koreans do not shoot eights".[11]

Ki capped off her 2012 season with victory in September's Archery World Cup final in Tokyo, coming from two sets down to defeat India's Deepika Kumari in rain-affected conditions.[12]

2015 World Archery Championships[edit]

At the 2015 World Archery Championships in Copenhagen, Ki added an individual world champion title to her resume after defeating Lin Shih-chia of Chinese Taipei in the final of the women's individual recurve event.[13]

2016 Summer Olympics[edit]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, the South Korean women's archery team consisting of Ki, Choi Mi-sun, and Chang Hye-jin defeated Russia in the final of the women's team event to win the gold medal.[14] In the women's individual event, Ki made it to the semifinal round, where she was defeated by her teammate and countrywoman Chang Hye-jin. Chang would go on to defeat Lisa Unruh of Germany in the gold medal match. In the bronze medal match, Ki defeated Alejandra Valencia of Mexico.[15]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Ki Bo-bae". Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  3. ^ Yoon, Chul (November 23, 2010). "Jung grabs first athletic gold in long jump". The Korea Times. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Putting mind over matter". The Krea Herald. Yonhap News Agency. November 25, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  5. ^ Yoon, Chul (June 13, 2011). "Women archers win World Cup team event". Korea Times. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  6. ^ Oh, Kyu-wook (April 15, 2012). "Korean archers win 2 golds at World Cup". The Korea Herald. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  7. ^ Shin, Hyun-hee (July 28, 2012). "S. Korea men, women earn high seeds in archery". The Korea Herald. Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  8. ^ Rutherford, Peter (July 29, 2012). "Archery: South Korean women win gold number seven". Reuters. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  9. ^ "Ki Bo-bae wins archery gold". ESPN. Associated Press. August 2, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  10. ^ Rutherford, Peter (August 2, 2012). "Archery: Korean Ki wins gold in final shoot-off". Reuters. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  11. ^ Butler, Eddie (August 12, 2012). "The story of London 2012: Guardian writers' Olympic Games review". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  12. ^ Mackay, Duncan (September 23, 2012). "South Korean archers complete golden season at World Cup final". Inside the Games. Dunsar Media Company. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  13. ^ Wells, Chris (August 2, 2015). "Ki Bo Bae adds world champion title to collection". Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  14. ^ "Republic of Korea's archers extend their Olympic reign". August 7, 2016. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  15. ^ Zorowitz, Jane (August 11, 2016). "Women's individual archery: South Korea dominates again, coming away with two medals". Archived from the original on August 14, 2016. Retrieved August 13, 2016.

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