Tuesday 12 December 2017

Olympics 2012: Legally blind South Korean sets world record in men’s archery

SOUTH Korea’s Im Dong-Hyun today claimed the first world record of London 2012 with a stunning display in the men's archery ranking round.

Legally blind, he broke his own 72-arrow mark of 696 by three points and was also part of a record in the team shoot.

Alongside Kim Bubmin and Oh Jin-hyek he helped register a 216-arrow total of 2,087 - smashing the world record by 18 points.

The day's shooting got under way in perfect conditions, with the Korean trio setting the standard from the off.

They took the three top seedings, with world number two Im again leading the way, breaking the world record for the third occasion since the London 2012 test event.

Despite rain affecting the second half of the ranking shoot, Im still finished with a superb 699.

Kim was just one point behind with 698 and Oh closed with 690.

The top five was rounded out by Great Britain's Larry Godfrey, who recorded a personal best of 680, and Japan's Takaharu Furukawa one point further back.

World number one Brady Ellison of the United States had a disappointing day, placing 10th with a total of 676.

Elsewhere, Ukraine's reigning Olympic champion Viktor Ruban was down in 43rd with 660.

Press Association

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