Rio Olympics 2016: Korea's Kim Woo-jin sets archery world record on opening day

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Rio de Janeiro, Aug 5: South Korea's archer and two-time World Champion Kim Woo-jin set a world record in the Rio Olympics' qualification round as archery got underway at Brazil's historic Samba street here on Friday (Aug 5).

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Leading the qualification round Woo-jin shot 700 with 72 arrows in the men's individual ranking round at Sambodromo on the opening day of the XXXI Olympiad.

Rio Olympics 2016: Korea's Kim Woo-jin sets archery world record on opening day

"I practised more than everyone else and I gave my best for the entire round," Kim told the Olympic News Service after his stunning start to the competition.

"Tomorrow (Aug 6) there is a more important match. In terms of celebrating today, nothing - I want to focus on tomorrow's match. "I want to focus on the Games now but later, maybe, I'll get to enjoy Brazil."

Meanwhile, India's Atanu Das showed fine composure and skill to bounce back from a poor start in his maiden Olympics to finish fifth in the qualification round.

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Lying a lowly 10th after first 36 arrows, the 24-year-old archer from Kolkata turned it around in style in the final set of 36 arrows by shooting 23 perfect 10s including 10 closest to the centre to finish fifth with 683 out of the possible 720.

Das is the lone male member in the Indian archery team and compete only in the individual section as the men's team had failed to qualify from the World Championship.

Das had troubled Woo-jin in the World Cup Stage 3 in Antalya earlier in June where he led the Korean heavyweight 4-0 before losing 5-6 for the individual bronze medal.

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But his impressive finish meant that Das, who will begin his elimination round against lowly 60th ranked Jitbahadur Muktan of Nepal, will avoid the top-seed Woo-jin unless he reaches the summit-clash.

Das will get an easy draw till the quarterfinals and his probable semi-final opponent may be the 4th ranked Dutch man Sjef van den Berg who won the World Cup individual gold in Shanghai. London 2012 silver medalist Takaharu Furukuwa, the Japanese, finished 7th.

On a sunny day without breeze creating a problem, Das taking mark for his first ever Olympics shot a promising 58 that included four perfect 10s including two closest to the centre (X) to match the Korean heavyweight who also had begun with 58 with an identical four perfect 10s.

OneIndia News

(With inputs from agencies)

Story first published: Friday, August 5, 2016, 23:19 [IST]
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