Currently outside the top ten, South Korea's eyeing a rise up the Olympic medal ranks through the modern pentathlon.
In Thursday's fencing ranking round for the women's event, Kim Se-hee finished second behind Germany's Annika Schleu.
On Friday, she'll be competing in the swimming heats, fencing bonus round and equestrian show jumping before the laser run final at seven thirty PM.
Along with three-time Olympian Jung Jin-hwa and world number four ranked Jun Woong-tae, who finished their men's ranking round at fifth and ninth place each, Kim is raising hopes of Korea winning its first ever modern pentathlon Olympic medal.
But in women's golf, Thursday's second round didn't play out too well for Korea's quartet.
Nelly Korda of the U.S. rose to the top of the board at thirteen under par, separating her from the rest of the pack amid the stifling heat.
Six strokes behind her is Ko Jin-young who's tied at sixth place while and are both at four-under-par.
As for seven-time LPGA major champion Park In-bee, who's at three-under-par and tied for twenty fourth, it's going to take a miracle of a comeback for her to defend her Olympic title.
The fourth round is scheduled for Saturday at seven thirty AM, Korea time, but authorities are mulling over whether to end the whole competition after the third on Friday due to an approaching storm.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.