London 2012: Im Dong-Hyun's journey to the Olympics
LATEST NEWS - 2012
Fri 03 Aug 12:
South Korea's 'blind' archer Im Dong-Hyun had a mixed performance at the London Olympics.
In the individual event he lost to Rick van der Ven from the Netherlands in the round of 16 after setting a world record in qualification. South Korea went into the team event as favourites but were eliminated by the USA in the semi-final.
Im Dong-Hyun, who is visually impaired, set a record of 699 in the individual ranking round. He also joined forces with Kim Bub-Min and Oh Jin-Hyek to record a new best in the team event - a 216-arrow total of 2,087.
His 696 points from 72 arrows, surpassed the record he set at Lord's in October.
"It was a surprise to break the world record again," he said afterwards. "I knew I could do it, but it's all the time a surprise to reach such a result."
LATEST NEWS - 2011
Mon 10 Oct 11:
South Korean archer Im Dong-Hyun has broken two world records during the Olympic test event at Lord's Cricket Ground.
Im took silver at the London Archery Classic - London 2012's test competition for archery - having scored 693 points to break his own 72-arrow record in qualification. Korea claimed bronze in the team event and set a new world record total of 233 points along the way.
IM DONG-HYUN: THE FACTS
Seoul, South Korea
Pre 2012 highlights:
2007 World Champion
London 2012 performance:
Knocked out in the round of 16 in the individual event and part of South Korean team that lost in the semi-final
"It's an honour for me to compete in this historic place," Im said. "I'm very happy with the world records - they are ideal preparation for the Olympics next year."
Sun 25 Sep 11:
Following an injury-affected season, Im Dong-Hyun has finished 14th in the 2011 Archery World Cup's final standings.
Of the four stages that comprise the Archery World Cup, Im only competed in the first two - at Porec, Croatia and Antalya, Turkey where he finished ninth and seventh respectively. Last year's gold medallist, Brad Ellison from the USA, won the World Cup Final in Istanbul.
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