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S. Korea wins gold medal in Singapore Youth Olympics archery
SINGAPORE, Aug. 20 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean archer clinched on Friday a widely-expected gold medal in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore.

   Kwak Ye-ji, 18, beat Taiwan's Tan Ya Ting 3-to-1 in a women's archery final held at Kallang Field, Singapore, gracing her last game in the junior competition with a gold medal.

   "I was very nervous during the final because the semi-final was a difficult win," she said. "I'm happy to be the gold medalist in the first-ever Youth Olympics."

   Kwak was widely expected to dominate the junior archery competition. She refreshed a junior world record with 670 points during qualifications on Wednesday, defeating by four points the record held by her compatriot.

   Kwak, who currently ranks No. 7 in the world's female archery, once held the top ranking in female archery and prize money. Also the 2009 World Cup Final champion, she now has her sights set on the upcoming summer Olympic games.

   "I'd like to win two of these in the 2012 London Olympics," she said as she held up her gold medal.

   Hailing from the country known as the traditional archery powerhouse, Kwak failed to win a spot in the national archery team for the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

   South Korea sent 73 athletes to compete in 18 events, including archery, weightlifting, fencing and wrestling, at the first-ever Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.

   ylee@yna.co.kr
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