Republic of Korea's AN San secures historic third Olympic gold after women's individual victory

AN San has become the first athlete from the Republic of Korea to become a triple gold medallist at a Summer Olympics after winning the women's individual event at the Yumenoshima Park Archery Field

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Republic of Korea's AN San has shot herself into the history books after winning gold in the women's individual archery at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Defeating ROC's Elena Ospova by a set score of 6-5 after a tense shoot-off in the final, the 20-year-old became the first athlete of Tokyo 2020 to win three gold medals.

"My first goal was to get the gold medal in the team and I'm just happy and satisfied to get three medals," said Olympic debutante An. "I think this will also be beneficial for the team and the Federation in the future."

An also won gold in both the women's team and mixed team events earlier in the Olympic Games.

With the mixed team event making it's Olympic debut last weekend, it gave both An and teammate KIM Je Deok the chance to create history by winning more than two Olympic gold medals. Unfortunately Kim bowed out early in the men's individual event, leaving it up to An to achieve the feat.

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But Kim wasn't far away from the action this afternoon at the Yumenoshima Park Archery Field. The 17-year-old has become well-known for his enthusiastic celebrations and was on the sidelines supporting his fellow teammate An.

"So the cheering Kim was very helpful during our mixed team competition and for our women's team and my individual, he was cheering us on from the benches," An said. "I think that he really helped in reliving stress and anxiety whenever we felt a little nervous so I'm really thankful for him."

The win also means the Republic of Korea continue their dominance in the women's individual event, winning at nine of the last 10 Olympic Games.

So far the Republic of Korea have won four of the four gold medals on offer in the Olympic Archery competition at Tokyo 2020.

Meanwhile in the bronze medal match Italy's Lucilla Boari beat USA's Mackenzie Brown on a set score of 7-1. She became the first Italian woman to win a medal in archery at the Olympic Games.

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