Swedish golfers, Korean archer take Youth gold

August 27, 2014 - 12:36:16 am

NANJING: Swedish golfers Marcus Kinhult and Linnea Strom prevailed in a play-off to take the mixed team Youth Olympic gold medal yesterday, with their accuracy on the greens only bettered by South Korean archer Lee Woo-seok.

The bespectacled 17-year-old archer amassed a huge 704 out of 720 in the ranking round of the men’s competition on Friday and the bullseyes continued to flow yesterday as he beat Brazilian Marcus Carvalho Lopes D’Almeida 7-3.

Lee fired 13 out of 15 10s in the final, including four perfect sets, as he clearly enjoyed shooting from 60 metres for the first time instead of the 70m the seniors normally take aim from.

The success for the Koreans made up for the disappointment in the mixed golf where Kinhult and Strom edged Lee So-young and Youm Eun-ho in the play-off to take gold at the Zhongshan International Golf Club.

Lee, who won the girl’s individual gold last week, had forced the extra holes after a birdie on the 18th left the two teams tied at 16-under following three rounds of competition, with both players score counting on the final day’s play.

But the birdies dried up in the play-off and the Swede’s par-par effort on the second extra hole proved too much for the par-bogey of the Koreans allowing Kinhult to add gold to the silver he won in the boy’s individual event. 

Boxers Chang Yuan and Jajaira Gonzalez made sure their gold medal bouts were nowhere near as close as the golf final with some brilliant displays as they easily won women’s titles. 

Chinese Chang was a class above Italian Irma Testa as she won the 51 kilogramme title 3-0, while American Gonzalez chopped through Ireland’s Ciara Ginty in the 60kg category.