First World Record of the Games – Men’s Archery

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The first actual event of the 2012 Olympics set a precedent with 26 year-old South Korean archer Im Dong-Hyun setting a world record with a score of 699 out of a possible 700 during the Men’s Archery Qualifying Rounds. Something you wouldn’t expect from this accurate archer is that he is legally blind! Im Dong-Hyum was 76 yards away from his target and could only really see blurred colors and lines. Yet even though he seemed to be at a disadvantage, he was able to hit the yellow bulls-eye multiple times. Great performance ending with a frenzy of photographers shooting him as there was no other event that morning….

Im Dong Hyun of Korea celebrates breaking the World Record during the Men’s Individual Archery Ranking Round on Olympics Opening Day as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Donald Miralle)