The blind Olympics archer

Are you following the exploits of the archer in the Olympics who is legally blind?

South Korean archer Im Dong-hyun sees only blurred colors and lines when he peers toward the target about 76 yards away, arrow at the ready. It doesn’t stop the legally blind Olympian from hitting the grapefruit-sized yellow center – again and again and again.

Im set the first world record of the London Olympics on Friday, breaking his own mark in the 72-arrow event and helping South Korea set a team record in the opening round. He broke the record he set in Turkey in May by three points with a score of 699, hours before the opening ceremony of the 2012 Games.

“This is just the first round, so I will not get too excited by it,” said Im, who has 10 percent vision in his left eye and 20 percent in his right.

He combined with Kim Bub-min and Oh Jin-hyek, breaking the record for 216 arrows with a score of 2,087. That was 18 better than the mark South Korea set in May.

The 26-year-old Im does not wear glasses in competition, saying he relies on distinguishing between the bright colors of the target. He won gold in the team event at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

via News from The Associated Press.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Pete

    I’ve long been fond of the quote (not sure who coined it) that, “talent hits a target nobody else can hit; genius hits a target nobody else can see.” I’m not sure where being better at hitting a target that everybody else can see but you can’t figures in. Probably falls into the “crazy good” category.

  • Pete

    I’ve long been fond of the quote (not sure who coined it) that, “talent hits a target nobody else can hit; genius hits a target nobody else can see.” I’m not sure where being better at hitting a target that everybody else can see but you can’t figures in. Probably falls into the “crazy good” category.

  • SKPeterson

    Pete – Stop talking about taxes on the sports post. ;)

  • SKPeterson

    Pete – Stop talking about taxes on the sports post. ;)

  • Pete

    Sheesh! Blind guy can hit the bullseye. I can’t even hit the right blog thread in broad daylight. Keep the bow and arrows away from me.

  • Pete

    Sheesh! Blind guy can hit the bullseye. I can’t even hit the right blog thread in broad daylight. Keep the bow and arrows away from me.


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