Korean trials for 2022 national squad start in Gwangju
The final selection tournament for the Korean national squad started today at the international archery field in Gwangju - the same range that will host qualification and elimination matches at the second stage of this year’s Hyundai Archery World Cup.
The selection process for the ultra-competitive squad started in late 2021 and, following multiple phases of eliminations, 107 archers have made it through to the final stage of selection, which started this morning.
By 26 March, just 28 archers will have been chosen. They will then live and train at the Jincheon national training centre for the duration of the outdoor season.
Among them is triple Olympic gold medallist An San, three-time World Archery Champion Kim Woojin, teenage sensation Kim Je Deok, and Olympic Champions Chang Hye Jin and Ki Bo Bae, who is attempting a return to the squad for the first time since 2018.
Talk of legend Oh Jin Hyek’s retirement may have been premature.
The veteran, who has long been dealing with shoulder issues, collected the Olympic team gold he desperately wanted in Tokyo – but hasn’t hung up his bow. He has apparently transitioned into a coach-athlete role for his pro-team, Hyundai Steel, and is still in the running to make this year’s national squad.
Korea’s typically gruelling selection procedure only ramps up in intensity the further athletes progress in the process. This season appears no different, with multiple 70-metre rounds scheduled daily, plus special phases that earn archers addition value in arrows shot in shoot-offs and under-pressure situations.
The initial line-ups in Gwangju will be trimmed midway through the week.
For the recurve archers, the fields of 32 will be cut in half after competition on 23 March, then the final eight selected on 26 March.
For the compound archers, eliminations have already begun. Eight will advance past 23 March with the six selected for the squad on 26 March.
The number of compound archers competing for spots has dramatically increased when compared to times pre-pandemic – and Korea has enlarged its compound squad sizes from four to six per gender.
Once the squad is finalised, further selections will run in April to decide the Korean teams for the second and third stages of the 2022 Hyundai Archery World Cup and, importantly, the next Asian Games, which are scheduled to take place in China in September.
Korean squad trials roster in 2022
Archers listed in no particular order.
|Recurve men||Recurve women||Compound men||Compound women|
|Oh Jin Hyek||Jo Soobin||Kim Jongho||Oh Yoo Hyeong|
|Kim Je Deok||Park So Hee||Yang Jaewon||Song Yun Soo|
|Lee Seungshin||Sim Yeji||Choi Yonghee||Kim Yeonji|
|Lee Seungyun||Kim Sohee||Yoon Young Jun||Kim Yun Hee|
|Kim Woojin||Jang Minhee||Kim Taeyoon||So Chaewon|
|Jang Chaehwan||Lee Eunah||Yoon Chan Young||Shim Sooin|
|Bae Jaehyun||Chang Hye Jin||Kang Dong Hyun||Park So Hong|
|Park Seonwoo||Kim Nari||Kim Kwang Shop||Han Seungyeon|
|Seo Mingi||Lee Yoonji||Choi Wonyoung||Kim Soo Yeon|
|Lee Hansam||Cha Songhee||Park Yoon Seo||Park Jeong Yoon|
|Park Seong Cheol||Im Haejin||Kim Jeongmin||Park Hye Min|
|Park Jooyoung||Ki Bo Bae||Park Seung Hyun||Jo Soo Ah|
|Jeong Tae Young||Jang Yoo Jung||Goh Hyeon||Kim So Young|
|Tak Hanwoo||Park Jaehee||Kim Chang Sik||Ryu Yein|
|Lee Woo Seok||Jo Ah Reum||Hwan Hyewon||Park Ye Rin|
|Lee Seon Jae||Kwak Yeji||Park Seungmin||Kwon Na Rae|
|Lee Jin Yong||Kang Chae Young||Kim Min Cheol||Park Hayeon|
|Kim Hajun||Kwak Jinyoung||Park Sangmin||Jo Yoo Joo|
|Kim Seon Woo||Lee Gahyun||Im Woong Seop||Park Soo Bin|
|Choi Hyun Taek||An San||Joo Jaehoon||Bae Seohyun|
|Son Jiwon||Im Si Hyeon||Lee Changmin||Kim Harim|
|Hwang Seok Min||Choi Misun||Kim Myung Hee|
|Kim Pil-Joong||Wi Na Yeon|
|Seok Junhee||Oh Jejin|
|King Jinjae||Jeon Ina|
|Choi Jaehwan||Kim Soo Rin|
|Kim Jongho||Han Sul|
|Cho Daejin||Ryoo Su Jung|
|Lee Hobin||Kim Minseo|
|Kim Yechan||Jung Dasomi|
|Jang Jiho||Lee Ga Yeong|
|Park Minbeom||Lee Eun Kyeong|