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US, South Korea on target during world archery competition

AP , NEW YORK

South Korea dominated the recurve and the US swept the men's and women's team compound finals Sunday at the World Archery Championships.

Olympic champion Yun Mi-jin led the South Korean women to the recurve team title with an easy 252-233 win over Japan. South Korea's men beat Sweden for the gold.

The South Korean women, egged on by a boisterous cheering section, scored 87 of a possible 90 points in the first end of their gold medal match and Japan never could catch up. Yun began with three straight 10s, showing the concentration that helped her win the individual recurve title on Saturday.

Yun now holds both the Olympic and World titles, the second Korean to do so. Such a feat, however, is impossible for compound archers, who cannot compete in the Olympics.

The American women, led by Mary Zorn, beat France 248-239 in the compound gold medal match.

While American Aya La Brie played air guitar on her bow and bobbed her head to the music played between rounds, the French appeared rattled by a few errant shots early on, and never seemed to fully regroup.

Of course, having world-record holder Zorn shooting last in each of three rounds or "ends" helped put the American team at ease.

Zorn set a world record in the qualifying round earlier in the competition, scoring 1,399 points out of a possible 1,440.

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