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Last Updated: Friday, 23 April, 2004, 12:12 GMT 13:12 UK
Koreans eye Olympic glory
South Korea and the USA have dominated the archery in recent years.

The Koreans are aiming to continue that and have a strong bid for further gold this time around in Im Dong Hyun and Yun Mi-Jin, the latter snatching gold in 2000.

BBC Sport marks your archery card with four international names to watch out for at the Athens Olympics.

IM DONG HYUN

Im Dong Hyun will head to Athens looking to win South Korea's first gold medal in men's archery and looking for revenge after last year's World Championships.

While the nation's men won team gold in Sydney and in Seoul, they do not dominate the sport as their women do.

Im Dong Hyun, ranked second in the world, might be the man to change that.

He will be highly motivated after losing 113-112 to number one Frangilli in the final of the men's recurve in New York.

With compatriot Kyung-Mo Park also ranked in the top three, Im Dong Hyun heads a formidable South Korean team, and he sent a warning to his rivals by winning the Athens test event last August.

MICHELE FRANGILLI

The leading Italian will be looking for his first Olympic gold medal in Athens after picking up a silver in Sydney and a bronze in Atlanta.

Both his medals were won as part of the Italian team, firstly alongside Andrea Parenti and Matteo Bisiani and then with Bisiani and Ilario Di Buo'.

The 28-year-old has managed only sixth and ninth in the individual events, despite taking the world number one ranking for the first time in July 1998.

However, Frangilli has the experience of more victories and records than any other European male archer, and became world target champion only last year.

A great all-rounder, he represents Italy at virtually every major international target and field event.

YUN MI-JIN

Yun Mi-Jin won two gold medals for South Korea in Sydney.
South Korea's double gold medal winner Yun Mi-Jin trains in Athens
South Korea dominate women's archery, winning the individual gold at the last five Olympic games and all four team titles, and Yun is the country's latest star.

She announced herself as a potential champion with an Olympic and world junior record of 173 as she beat Britain's Alison Williamson in the quarter-finals four years ago.

And the 17-year-old went on to beat the legendary Kim Soo-nyung in the semis before seeing off another compatriot, Kim Nan-Soon, in the final.

Another gold followed when she paired up with her fellow individual medallsts to take the team title.

Yun confirmed her status as number one with victory in last year's World Championships in New York.

NATALIA VALEEVA

Originally from Moldova, Valeeva now lives in and represents Italy with considerable success.

A constant fixture in the higher reaches of the world rankings for a decade, she made the breakthrough in 1995.

The world indoor title in Birmingham was followed by the outdoor title in Jakarta.

A fierce competitor at her best under the pressure of head-to-heads, the Olympic format suits her style.

Her best Olympic result to date was a bronze in the 70m individual in Barcelona 12 years ago.





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