Blind South Korean Archer Im Dong-hyun Sets a World Record to Kick Off the Olympics

Im Dong-hyun breaks a record he set in May just hours before the Games open. (Getty Images)

Im Dong-hyun
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The 2012 Olympics are underway, and the first world record has been set by blind South Korean archer Im Dong-hyun. Not only did Im set an individual world record, but he was part of a team world record set by the South Koreans. Im Dong-hyun has only 10 percent vision in his left eye and 20 percent in his right. He is deemed legally blind and relies on distinguishing between the bright colors of the targets to master his sport. Im broke his own record in the 72-arrow mark, that he set in Turkey this past May, by three points with a score of 699. He also helped the South Koreans set the team record as he combined with Kim Bub-min and Oh Jin-hyek. The trio shattered the team world record for 216 arrows with a total 2,087. The team record was previously set by the South Koreans in May.

The world records were set in the ranking round, so Im isn’t getting too excited as of yet. As he knows, there is still a lot of work to do. The South Koreans have their sights set on the gold medal, but two world records on the first day isn’t bad at all. This is what you call a great start to the Olympics. Congrats to Im Dong-hyun and the South Koreans.





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