Im Dong-hyun: Legally blind sets first 2012 London Olympics World Record in Archery

By on Jul 28, 2012 in Sports Comments
Im Dong Hyun

Im Dong Hyun
Image Credit: AFP Photo/Toshifumi Kitamura

South Korean archer Im Dong-hyun, a legally blind archer, registered the first world record of the London Olympics on Friday, July 27, 2012, according to several international reports. Im also helped his team set a new team record, just hours before the opening ceremony.

The 26-year-old athlete scored 699 points on Friday to break his own record in the 72-arrow event set in Turkey last May. Im teamed up with Kim Bub-min and Oh Jin-hyek to break the previous record and scored 2,087 on 216 arrows, 18 more than the mark set in South Korea.

Reports say that Im, with 10 percent vision in his left eye and 20 percent in his right, only sees blurred colors and lines as he aims for the target about 76 yards away.

However, Im knows that it’s still a long way to go. Im said that “This is just the first round, so I will not get too excited by it.”

The legally blind athlete won gold in the archery team event at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

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