The secret in this sport is focus: the ability to think of nothing but hitting a target the size of a thumbnail from 70 m away -in a competition where the difference between gold and silver can come down to less than 1 mm.
Italy's Michele Frangilli and French star Lionel Torres will have to out-shoot the South Koreans and Australians. In the team event, Korea's cause should be helped by the absence of Atlanta star Justin Huish from the U.S. team, which beat Korea in 1996. But the U.S. will be a force, as will Sweden and world champs and 1996 bronze medalists Italy.
Since world No. 1 Wiebke Nulle, of Germany, missed selection, Alison Williamson, the veteran British archer she displaced, will meet No. 2-ranked He Ying of China. American Karen Scavotto will also be worth watching. In the team event, Korea is the favorite.
WHEN TO WATCH
- Individual Sept. 20
- Team Sept. 22
- Individual Sept. 19
- Team sept. 21