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'Blind' archer Im Dong Hyun aims for 2012 gold



Mon 10 Oct 11: Im Dong-Hyun has broken two world records during the Olympic test event at Lord's Cricket Ground.

Im Dong-Hyun
Record-breaker Im Dong-Hyun 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.

"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.

Mon 15 Aug 11: Im Dong-Hyun has revealed that injuries are jeopardising his place on South Korea's Olympic team.

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'Blind' archer targets London 2012 gold

"I've had some surgery and shoulder problems. I try not to push myself too hard, but I also need to perform and earn the results," said Im in his latest inteview for World Olympic Dreams.

Sun 03 Jul 11: Im Dong-Hyun has won team gold with South Korea at the World Archery Championships in Turin, Italy.

Im could only muster fourth place in the individual event after losing 6-4 to compatriot Oh Jin Hyek in their semi-final and then 6-0 to Brad Ellison in the bronze medal play-off.

Mon 22 Nov 10: Im Dong-Hyun has won gold with South Korea's archery team at the Asian Games.

They beat China 222-218 to claim an eighth successive Asian Games title.

"China performed excellently at first but it was a mental contest more than a physical one and we had more experience," said Im.

Unfortunately, he did not qualify for the finals of the singles event.

Sun 19 Sep 10: At the World Cup finals in Edinburgh, Im Dong-Hyun won silver in the individual men's recurve. He lost out 6-2 to Brady Ellison of the USA in the final.

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Im Dong-Hyun takes silver in the World Cup Grand Final

The two best ranked archers in the World Cup this year met previously in the 2008 gold medal match of the World Cup stage in Antalya, Turkey, where Im won 114-108.

On this occasion, the 22-year-old American was victorious as Im struggled with conditions.

"The weather has been a bit of cold, colder than what I thought. I just would like to congratulate Brady. For myself, I hope I would be the winner if we meet again," Im said.

"I didn't make big mistakes in the game, perhaps I was just unlucky. Now I really hope I can meet the same guy in final of 2012 London Olympics. I will definitely do a better job."

Sat 4 Sep 10: Im Dong-Hyun broke the qualification world record as he won gold in the individual men's recurve at stage 4 of the Archery World Cup, in Shanghai.

Sat 7 Aug 10: Im Dong-Hyun won bronze in both the individual men's recurve and the men's team recurve at the Archery World Cup, Stage 3 in Ogden, USA.



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see also
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Im Dong-Hyun's fourth Asian Games gold
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South Korea claim archery double
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