Im Dong-hyun

Im Dong-Hyun (Korean임동현; Hanja林東賢; Korean pronunciation: [im.doŋ.ɦjʌn]; born 12 May 1986) is a South Korean archer. He competes for the South Korean national team and is a former world number one. He has 20/200 vision in his left eye and 20/100 vision in his right eye, meaning he needs to be 10 times closer to see objects clearly with his left eye, compared to someone with perfect vision.[1][2][3]

Im Dong-Hyun
Archery at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's Team – Im Dong-Hyun.jpg
Im Dong-Hyun at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Personal information
CitizenshipSouth Korea
Born (1986-05-12) 12 May 1986 (age 35)
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight100 kg (220 lb)
CountrySouth Korea
Im Dong-hyun
Revised RomanizationIm Dong-hyeon
McCune–ReischauerIm Tonghyŏn


2004 Summer OlympicsEdit

At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Im set a world record in the 72 arrow men's individual ranking round, with a score of 687 (it was not recognized by the International Olympic Committee as an Olympic record, however, as the ranking round took place on 12 August, before the 2004 opening ceremony). He then won his first three elimination matches, advancing to the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, Im faced Hiroshi Yamamoto of Japan, losing to the eventual silver medalist 111–110 in the 12-arrow match. Im was placed 6th overall.

Im was also a member of Korea's gold medal men's archery team at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

2006 Asian GamesEdit

In 2006 he competed in Archery at the 2006 Asian Games and won two gold medals in the individual and South Korean team.

2008 Summer OlympicsEdit

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing Im finished his ranking round with a total of 670 points, nine points behind leader Juan René Serrano. This made him the eighth seed for the final competition bracket in which he faced Ali Salem in the first round, beating the Qatari 108–103. In the second round Im was too strong for Butch Johnson (115–106), but in the third round another American, Vic Wunderle, eliminated him with 113–111.[4]

Together with Lee Chang-hwan and Park Kyung-Mo he also took part in the team event. With his 670 score from the ranking round combined with the 676 of Park and the 669 of Lee the Koreans were in first position after the ranking round, which gave them a straight seeding into the quarter finals. With a score of 224–222 they were too strong for the Polish team and in the semi final they beat home nation China 221–218. In the final Italy came close, but South Korea took the title with 227–225.[4]

2012 Summer OlympicsEdit

On 27 July 2012 at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London he set a new world record score of 699 in the ranking round at Lord's Cricket Ground, beating his compatriot Kim Bub-Min by one point.[5][6][7] Although he was the top seed after the ranking round, he was eliminated in the round of 16, losing 7–1 to Rick van der Ven.[8] Im did win a bronze medal with the South Korean team.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Pickup, Oliver (26 July 2012). "London 2012 Olympics: legally blind South Korean archer Im Dong-Hyun eyes gold medal at the Games". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  2. ^ Blaney, Betsy (27 July 2012). "Im Dong-hyun Sets World Record at London Olympics: Blind South Korean Archer Breaks 72-Arrow Mark". HuffPost. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  3. ^ Dennis, Passa (27 July 2012). "Legally blind archer Im Dong-hyun sets world record ahead of opening ceremony". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Athlete biography: Im Dong-Hyun". Archived from the original on 13 August 2008. Retrieved 17 August 2008.
  5. ^ "Men's Individual". Archived from the original on 8 December 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Olympics: Legally blind archer sets first world records". 27 July 2012. Archived from the original on 27 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Im Dong Hyun posts first world record of London 2012 Olympics". Olympics Metal Tally. UK. 27 July 2012. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  8. ^ Van der Ven ousts top seed Archived 23 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine at
  9. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Im Dong-Hyeon". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016.

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