Many hours before the London 2012 Olympic Games officially begins, a world record has already been broken in the Archery competition. South Korea dominates this sport for almost three decades and this time the Asian nation is poised to win every single gold medal. Its athletes have what it takes to outshine their opponents and take home the Olympic gold, but few expected them to come out firing in this way.
Im Dong-Hyun breaks the world record again
The Korean archer set the previous world record, so it comes naturally that he was the one to break it, although countryman Kim Bubmin came just one point behind. He scored 698 which is a personal best and together with Oh Jin-hyek they’ve made sure that South Korea has the best score in the team event. Since Archery was introduced in the Olympics, this country has emerged as the best one in both women and men competition and stands one class above other nations.
Im Dong-hyun’s performance is particularly impressive since he is visually impaired and decided not to wear glasses or contact lenses to improve his eye sight. Despite this seemingly crushing handicap, Im remains the most accurate archer in the world and the favorite to win the gold medal in London. The Men’s individual ranking is the just the first stage, with the finals to be held on Saturday and unless something unforeseen happens, South Korea will win its fifth Olympic team title.
High hopes for Ki Bo Bae and Lee Sung Jin
Archery is one of the competitions where the differences between women and men are less obvious and Korean women are just as promising as their teammates. Ki and Lee are sharing the first place in the Ranking Round, tied with Tan Ya-Ting from the Chinese Taipei, while Lorig Khatuna is next in line. The United States of America is the second best team so far, but in the individual competition the Korean women are more concerned about the athletes coming from the Chinese Taipei.
Lin Chia-En finished fifth but the difference was of only four points, which means that the Saturday finals will be as intense as they get. The interest was considerable even for the ranking rounds and due to poor planning, the organizers ran into some unfortunate incidents. Some spectators assumed that the since the preliminary rounds are unticketed, they could watch the athletes perform live, but they were denied the privilege. The Olympic organizers’ claims that they made it crystal clear that the ranking rounds are closed to the public fell on deaf ears and spectators left the premises confused and disgruntled