That battle seems set to continue here at the Asian Championships. The Indian women’s compound team finished top of qualifying with 2105, with Korea in second on 2071. On the men’s side, Korea finished top with 2128, just edging out India by a single point with 2127.
The top men’s individual qualifier was Korea’s Yang Jaewon with 711, just edging out Priyansh of India with 710. Yang took an individual bronze at the Asian Games in September, and will be looking for better than that in Bangkok.
All the top eight men in qualifying were from Korea or India. Both sides are coached by experienced foreign internationals – Sergio Pagni behind India and Reo Wilde coaching Korea’s compounds. Much national pride is at stake – and perhaps, the future direction of the discipline in Asia.
The compound competition continues with individual last-16 matches and mixed team eliminations tomorrow.