Archery Betting- Will South Korea Take The Top Of The Podium One More Time In Rio?

Kim Woojin

Thursday, August 4, 2016 2:14 PM GMT

South Korea has had a stranglehold on the sport of archery in recent years and that looks set to continue at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. They have the first, second and third favorites in the men’s event and the first and second favorites in the women’s event, which makes them heavy favorites for both team events too.

Since 1972, when the modern archery competition at the Olympics began with standardized forms, South Korea has won 34 medals, 19 of them gold. Their closest competitor, the USA, has won just 14, including eight golds. And South Korea didn't even win its first gold until 1984, meaning its dominance has been even greater over the past 32 years. Since 1984, when the team competition was launched, South Korea's women have won all seven and the men have won four out of seven making the leading betting pick. At the last 2012 London Games, South Korea scooped three of the four available gold medals. Oh Jin-hyek won men's gold, Ki Bo-Bae won women's gold and the South Korean won the team gold, although the men finished third behind Italy and the USA.

Archery has emerged as something of a national sport for the Koreans, like rugby for New Zealand and soccer for Brazil. The country has a superb coaching tradition, plenty of resources dedicated to the sport and specialization at a young age. Schoolchildren are encouraged to take up a bow where in other countries it's a basketball or a rugby ball. They then work with elite coaches and practice hard, taking inspiration from famous South Koreans that have won gold previously.

They could probably field a fifth or sixth best women's team and still win gold. A standing joke in South Korea is that it is harder to get on the women's team than it is to win individual gold, as all the best archers come from the same country. For the 2016 Games, Oh Jin-hyek – who won individual gold in 2016 – hasn't even made the men's team. That's how competitive it is.

Rival nations have adopted an if you can't beat them, hire them approach, and top South Korean coaches are now on the staff of the Italian, American and Mexican teams, among others. Taiwan, otherwise known as Chinese Taipei, is an emerging threat to South Korea's dominance, while the USA, Netherlands, and Italy are all in with a great chance of winning the men's team event. But when all the dust has settled it is likely to be a South Korean at the top of the podium for the individual events, and it is impossible to look past the South Korean women's team for gold.

Here are the betting odds on Olympics archery from Bovada as of August 4:

Men
Kim Woojin (KOR) +155
Lee Seungyun (KOR) +425
Ku Bonchan (KOR) +500
Sjef Van Den Berg (NED) +750
Brady Ellison (USA) +900
Zach Garrett (USA) +1400
Rick Van Der Ven (NED) +1800
Jean-Charles Valladont (FRA) +2000
Takaharu Furukawa (JPN) +2200
Taylor Worth (AUS) +2200
Miguel Alvarino Garcia (ESP) +2800
Wei Chun-Heng (TPE) +2800
Atanu Das (IND) +4000
Mauro Nespoli (ITA) +4000
Xing Yu (CHN) +4000
Marcos D'Almeida (BRA) +5000
Ernesto Horacio Boardman (MEX) +6600
Mete Gazoz (TUR) +6600
Viktor Ruban (UKR) +8000
Gu Xuesong (CHN) +8000

Women
Choi Misun (KOR) +120
Ki Bo Bae (KOR) +275
Tan Ya-Ting (TPE) +450
Chang Hye Jin (KOR) +650
Ksenia Perova (RUS) +1300
Mackenzie Brown (USA) +1400
Le Chien-Ying (TPE) +1800
Kristina Esebua (GEO) +2200
Lin Shih-Chia (TPE) +2500
Wu Jiaxin (CHN) +2800
Aida Roman (MEX) +3300
Veronika Marchenko (UKR) +3300
Deepika Kumari (IND) +3300
Guendalina Sartori (ITA) +4000
Ana Maria Rendon (COL) +5000
Lucilla Boari (ITA) +5000
Christine Bjerendal (SWE) +8000
Georcy-Stephanie Thiffeault Picard (CAN) +10000
Laura Nurmsalu (EST) +12500
Naomi Folkard (GBR) +12500

Men's Team
South Korea -400
Netherlands +750
USA +700
Italy +1200
China +1300
France +2000
Chinese Taipei +2200
Spain +2800
Australia +3300
Brazil +5000
Indonesia +8000
Malaysia +10000

Women's Team
South Korea -290
Chinese Taipei +450
China +800
Russia +900
India +1150
Ukraine +2800
Japan +3300
Italy +4000
Mexico +4000
Georgia +5000
Colombia +5000
Brazil +15000

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