South Korea have claimed the first world records of the 2012 Summer Olympics on Friday morning in the men’s archery ranking round at Lord’s.
Im Dong-hyun, who is legally blind in one eye, broke his own 72-arrow world record of 696 by three points and also helped set a record in the team shoot.
Alongside Kim Bubmin and Oh Jin-hyek he helped register a 216-arrow total of 2,087 – obliterating the previous global best mark by 18 points. South Korea’s female archers have won gold medals at every Olympics since the event was introduced back in 1988 with their male counterparts winning the team event at four of the six Olympiads since Seoul.
There was controversy before and during the event as fans trying to get in to watch the archery were turned away amid confusion over ticketing.
The official London Olympic website advertised the event’s preliminary rounds as “unticketed” – which hundreds of members of the public interpreted as meaning that it was open to the public and free of charge.
Olympic organiser Locog however said that it had not advertised or sold tickets for the ranking event and that they had always made it clear preliminary rounds were not open to spectators. This means that the first world records of the 2012 Olympics were witnessed by no-one other than the participants themselves and adjudicating officials.