S Korea clinch eighth successive men’s archery gold

GUANGZHOU, China - South Korea staved off a stiff challenge from China to win an eighth successive Asian Games men’s archery title on Monday.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Mon 22 Nov 2010, 6:21 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:04 AM

The South Korean trio, led by Olympic gold medallist Im Dong-hyun, whose eyesight is so weak that he is considered “legally blind”, won 222 to 218 in a tense contest that went down to the wire in difficult blustery conditions.

“China performed excellently at first,” said Im, who relies on “feeling” the target colours.

“But it was a mental contest more than a physical one and we had more experience.”

China had the chance to snatch gold but Dai Xiaoxiang, who had been shooting unerringly all afternoon behind a pair of dark glasses, was let down by his final three arrows.

“I may have wanted it too much because we’ve already sacrificed a lot, both ourselves and the previous few generations of archers to get to where we are now,” said Dai.

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