South Korea has set the first world records of the London Olympics, both in the men’s archery competition, with legally blind Im Dong-hyun breaking the 72-arrow mark with 699 points.
Im, 26, also took part in the team shoot on Friday, which also broke the world record, scoring 2,087 points in the 216 arrows alongside Kim Bub-min and Oh Jin-hyek.
Im won gold medals in the team event in both the Beijing and Athens Olympics. He has only 10 per cent vision in his left eye and 20 per cent in his right, meaning he is considered legally blind.
He has said that when he looks at the targets, he sees colours with blurred lines between them. He does not wear glasses in competition, saying he relies on being able to distinguish between the bright colours of the target.
Keywords: 2012 London Olympics