An San breaks 25-year-old Olympic record during qualifying in Tokyo

An San celebrates top seed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Korean archer An San scored 680 out of a possible 720 points to top women’s individual qualification at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and break an Olympic record that has stood since 1996.

The 20-year-old topped Lina Herasimenko’s score of 673, shot in Atlanta, by seven.

“I didn’t really expect to make the record. I’m happy, it’s my first time at the Games, so I’m really glad I made the record today,” said the newly anointed number one seed.

“Everything went to plan. Although there was some wind, it was totally fine. I like how I performed.”

She was the first of four archers to deliver scores above the previous Olympic record.

An San’s compatriots Jang Minhee (677) and Kang Chae Young (675) came in second and third. Alejandra Valencia of Mexico, the fourth-place individual finisher at the last Olympics, was fourth with 674. 

The Korean women combined for 2032 points, smashing the previous Olympic record for team qualification of 2004.

Mexico, led by Valencia, seeded second with 1976 and the USA was third on 1970.

The youngest archer on the Japanese team, Azusa Yamauchi, produced an impressive seventh place. World number one Deepika Kumari of India qualified ninth.

Chinese Taipei had perhaps the most disappointing set of results.

Tipped to push Korea for the team title at these Olympics, the squad seeded just seventh and none of the three experienced individual archers in Tokyo made it into the top 20.

All 64 women and 12 teams at the Olympics advance to the matchplay phase of the competition.

Top qualifiers: Recurve women

  1. An San, Korea – 680 (Olympic record)
  2. Jang Minhee, Korea – 677
  3. Kang Chae Young, Korea – 675
  4. Alejandra Valencia, Mexico – 674
  5. Mackenzie Brown, USA – 668
  6. Aida Roman, Mexico – 665
  7. Azusa Yamauchi, Japan – 665
  8. Ksenia Perova, ROC – 664
  9. Deepika Kumari, India – 663
  10. Chiara Rebagliati, Italy – 658

Qualification: Recurve women’s teams

  1. KOR flag Korea – 2032 (Olympic record)
  2. MEX flag Mexico – 1976
  3. USA flag USA – 1970
  4. JPN flag Japan – 1957
  5. CHN flag China – 1952
  6. RAF flag ROC – 1945
  7. TPE flag Chinese Taipei – 1937
  8. ITA flag Italy – 1936
  9. GBR flag Great Britain – 1916
  10. GER flag Germany – 1909
  11. UKR flag Ukraine – 1889
  12. BLR flag Belarus – 1882