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S. Korea wins archery ranking round, U.S. places 4th

7:22 AM, Jul 27, 2012   |    comments
Jacob Wukie of the United States prepares to arch during the 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. (Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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LONDON -- When archery opened with ranking rounds at the 2012 Olympic Games on Friday morning, South Korea took ownership of London's Lord's Cricket Ground.

Im Dong-Hyun broke his own world record with 699 points for 72 arrows. Im, mind you, is legally blind and was ranked second in the world behind U.S. archer Brady Ellison going into the Games.

South Korea also set a world record for team shooting with 2087 points. The three South Korean Olympians filled the top three spots. Briton Larry Godfrey was a full bullseye of 10 points back in fourth place.

The U.S. men earned a bye in team competitions by finishing in fourth place behind South Korea, France and China. Individually, Ellison ranked tenth with 676 points, Jacob Wukie 12th and Jake Kaminski 18th.

It will be very easy for people to overlook the other two members of the top-seeded team. To aid South Korea en route to the record-setting finish, Kim Bub-Min had a score of 698, just a single point shy of Im's topper. As Im's previous world record was 696, Kim would also have made history if not for his teammate.

Oh Jin-Hyek rounded out the top three with another phenomenal score of 690.

Although the U.S. team that ranked best in the world headed into London fell to fourth, the archers remain in a good position. A team bye means the U.S. will advance directly to Saturday's quarterfinals and avoid facing any of the top three teams in that round.

In the individual competition, no U.S. archer will have to face anyone ranked higher than 47th in the first round.

U.S. women Miranda Leek, Khatuna Lorig and Jennifer Nichols will also shook for rank on Friday.

(Mike Pescaro, NBC Olympics)

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