|These teams have not met in international events since 2004. Russia, led by the 2007 World Cup winner TSYREMPILOV, is seeded No. 4. China is No. 12, but beat No. 5 Great Britain in the previous round. |
Despite a 6 by BADENOV at the second arrow, Russia takes a 1-point lead after the first end.
Russia increases their lead to 4 points at the half-way mark (108-104) shooting all six arrows in the gold, including two 10s.
Cheered up by a crowd on fire, the locals score a close-to-perfection end with four 10s and two 9s. The Russians seem to lose their footing shooting five 8s! China recovers 8 points for a 4-point lead (162-158).
What an upset in this match! Seeded last in the ranking round the Chinese advance to the third round (semi-final) where they will face the winner of the match Korea v Poland.