World record holder Kang Chae Young held off a strong challenge from three fellow South Koreans to take first place in the women’s recurve qualification standings at the Indoor Archery World Series event in Nîmes in France.
Kang scored a total of 593 points at the Parc des Expositions Nîmes, beating Sim Yeji by a margin of one.
Kim Chaeyun finished third on 587 points with Kim Surin fourth on 583.
There was also success for South Korea in men’s recurve qualification as Lee Seungyun led the way with 596 points.
The Netherlands’ Sjef van den Berg came second with 593 points, while South Korea’s Gye Dong Hyun completed the top three with 592.
Men’s compound qualification saw the United States' Kris Schaff and Reo Wilde end in a two-way tie for first place on 598 points, with compatriot Braden Gellenthien third on 596.
In the women’s compound qualification, Mexico's Linda Ochoa-Anderson prevailed with 594 points.
The US's Paige Pearce and South Korea’s So Chaewon shared second spot with 593 points.
Qualification is due to conclude tomorrow morning, prior to the afternoon’s individual matches that will determine the finalists in all categories.
The gold and bronze medal contests will round out proceedings on Sunday (January 20).