Brazil 2016: Archery Preview

Rio 2016 Olympic Games Archery Preview

Olympics: Archery

Interest in archery continues to hit new heights and believe it or not it has been attributed to a movie series – ‘The Hunger Games’. As a result the sport has attracted a younger viewing demographic and the uptake in the sport continues to rise. Rio is a far cry from Hollywood and it is time for the best archers in the world to showcase their talents on the biggest stage. Korea are again the team to beat and the Wolf has them on top in the individual and team events.

Men’s Individual

If there is one event in which the Koreans can be beat, this is it! Since it’s inception in 1972 South Korea have won this event just once – in London. The defending Olympic champion, Oh Jin-Hyek, will not be back to defend his title but another Korean now reigns supreme. Kim Woo-Jin leads the world rankings and has won the World Championships on two occasions, in 2011 and 2015. He is the form archer in the world and averages 9.5 per arrow. His countryman Seungyin Lee and Bonchan Ku sit behind him in the betting but those wishing to back around him should back Brady Ellison of the USA or top ranked Japanese archer Furukawa Takaharu. Takaharu won Bronze at the World Championships after losing out to Kim Woo-Jin in the semi’s and has shown that he can produce high scores under pressure.
Best Bet: Woo-Jin Kim ($3.00)
Value Bet: Furukawa Takaharu ($15)

Men’s Team

South Korea are the Dream Team of archery. They have three men ranked in the world top 10 and have won gold in 3 of the last 4 Olympics. the main challenge will come from the Netherlands and USA with both nations almost certain to try and put themselves on the opposite side of the draw to the Koreans. This means they are almost certain to meet one another in the semi and in that matchup The Wolf favours the Dutch. Team USA took silver in London and have two men returning in Rio but the Netherlands have a very well rounded trio. Van der Ven just missed out on a medal in London while Van den Berg and Dielemans took out 2nd and 3rd at the European Games. They have a monumental task though in trying to beat South Korea and The Wolf says they will come up well short.
Best Bet: South Korea ($1.37)
Value Bet: Netherlands ($6.50) 

Women’s Individual

The South Korean dominance continues in the women’s draw. They have won gold at 7 of the last 8 Olympics and have also silvered in 6 of the last 7. Their success has also continued at the World Championships where they have claimed gold in 10 of the last 14. there will be no shortage of talent in their squad in Rio either with Choi Misun, Ki Bo Bae and Chang Hye Jin all ranked in the top 6 in the world. Misun is the number one ranked player but Ki Bo-bae came up trumps in last years World Championships in Copenhagen. She is also the defending Olympic Champion and a gold medal would really cement her legacy. The value is with Ki-Bo-Bae. If the Koreans are to be beat we would need several errors from them. Anything is possible and Aida Roman is definitely capable of holding her own. She won silver in London and despite not being in the best of for the Mexican will feel close to home in Rio.
Best: Bo-Bae Ki ($4.00)
Value: Aida Roman ($21)

Women’s Team

The Wolf doesn’t want to sound like a broken record but load on on south Korea. This is the best bet for archery at the Olympics and the Korean women will make light work of their opponents. They have won the women’s team event dating back to Seoul in 1988 when it was first introduced. As mentioned their trio are all ranked in the top 6 and they have Olympic and World Championship success in their ranks. This is a no contest!
Best: South Korea ($1.40)

Women’s Team

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