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Blind South Korean Archer Breaks First Record at London 2012

South Korean Archer Im Dong-Hyun
Im Dong-Hyun of South Korea prepares to shoot an arrow during the Men's Individual Archery Ranking Round at the Summer Olympics in London on July 27, 2012/ Photographer: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

July 27 (Bloomberg) -- South Korea’s Im Dong-Hyun, who is legally blind, broke the first world record at the London Olympics during the men’s individual archery event today.

Im scored 699 in the 72-arrows ranking round of the competition at Lord’s Cricket Ground. That beat his previous record of 696 set in May in Antalya, Turkey.

“This is just the first round so I will not get too excited by it,” the 26-year-old told the Olympic News Service.

The score also helped South Korea set a world record in the team event of 2,087 points. His teammates Kim Bubmin, who scored 698, and Oh Jin-Hyek came second and third in the men’s individual round.

Im has 20/100 vision in his right eye and 20/200 in his left eye, meaning that he is legally blind in his left eye, according to the news service. He won gold medals in the team events at the Beijing and Athens games.

Larry Godfrey, a 36-year-old Briton, qualified fourth in the individual event with a score of 680, while France came second in the team competition with 2,021.

To contact the reporters on this story: Chris Spillane at the Olympic Park on at

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