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Archery at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Individual

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood, London
Date Started: July 27, 2012
Date Finished: August 3, 2012
Format: Ranking round followed by single-elimination matches. The ranking round consisted of 72 arrows at 70 m. Matches consisted of up to 5 sets of 3 arrows (at 70 m), winner was the first player to reach 6 points. In case of a tie, matches were decided with a single arrow, the one closest to the center winning the match. Final ranking for places 5-8 determined on number of set points won in quarter-finals, other competitors ranked by round of elimination.

Gold: KOR Oh Jin-Hyek
Silver: JPN Takaharu Furukawa
Bronze: CHN Dai Xiaoxiang

Summary

Since Kim Jin-Ho won her country’s first world title in 1979, South Korea had become the foremost nation in world archery. However, in all this time, the men’s individual title at the Olympic Games had stubbornly eluded Korean hands. In 2011 both finalists at the World Championships had been South Korean but such was the nation’s strength that the champion, Kim Woo-Jin, failed to make the team for the London Games. In his absence Korean hopes rested mainly on the shoulders of Im Dong-Hyeon, ranked second in the world, and world championship silver medallist Oh Jin-Hyek. The man at the top of the world rankings was American Brady Ellison who had already shown his liking for London by winning the official test event in October of 2011.

The ranking round was a triumph for South Korean as their archers occupied the first three positions on the leader board. Im Dong-Hyeon excelled and put five points on the world record whilst Kim Bub-Min was just a single point behind in second. Despite this they had failed somewhat in the team event and finished with, what was for them, a disappointing third place.

For the London Games the format of the knockout rounds had changed from the previous Olympics. In Beijing matches were decided over the cumulative score of 12 arrows but in 2012 matches consisted of up to 5 sets of 3 arrows (with 2 points to the winner of each set and 1 for a tie), winner was the first player to reach 6 points. In case of a tie, matches were decided with a single arrow, the one closest to the centre winning the match. In theory this should have made for a more dramatic, albeit unpredictable, tournament than before.

The first of the favourites to fall was Brady Ellison, at the second round stage, quickly followed by the new world record holder Im, who was defeated by Rick van der Ven, the European champion from the Netherlands. Van der Ven was in turn ousted by Takaharu Furukawa] of Japan in the semi-finals after a shoot-out and, by the same method, [Oh Jin-Hyek sealed his place in the final by defeating China’s Dai Xiaoxiang. Oh had been the third best of the Koreans in the qualifying round but showed immaculate consistency in the knockout stages and won the gold medal against Furukawa by placing every one of his shots in the gold sector. After he broke the jinx against Korean individual success in the men’s event he commented “It was a long way to come till this moment. I wanted no regrets. I shot every arrow as if it were my last.”

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Oh Jin-Hyek 30 South Korea KOR Gold
2 Takaharu Furukawa 27 Japan JPN Silver
3 Dai Xiaoxiang 21 China CHN Bronze
4 Rick van der Ven 21 Netherlands NED
5 Kim Bub-Min 21 South Korea KOR
6 Mohamad Khairul Anuar 20 Malaysia MAS
7 Viktor Ruban 31 Ukraine UKR
8 Kuo Cheng-Wei 28 Chinese Taipei TPE
9T Im Dong-Hyeon 27 South Korea KOR
9T Markiyan Ivashko 33 Ukraine UKR
9T Bård Nesteng 33 Norway NOR
9T Larry Godfrey 36 Great Britain GBR
9T Rafał Dobrowolski 28 Poland POL
9T Gaël Prévost 18 France FRA
9T Taylor Worth 21 Australia AUS
9T Dan Olaru 15 Moldova MDA
17T Wang Cheng-Pang 25 Chinese Taipei TPE
17T Denis Gankin 22 Kazakhstan KAZ
17T Nay Myo Aung 26 Myanmar MYA
17T Ahmed El-Nemr 33 Egypt EGY
17T Dmytro Hrachov 28 Ukraine UKR
17T Jacob Wukie 26 United States USA
17T Xing Yu 21 China CHN
17T Juan René Serrano 28 Mexico MEX
17T Luis Álvarez 21 Mexico MEX
17T Rahul Banerjee 25 India IND
17T Chen Yu-Cheng 19 Chinese Taipei TPE
17T Thomas Faucheron 22 France FRA
17T Luis Eduardo Vélez 25 Mexico MEX
17T Brady Ellison 23 United States USA
17T Simon Terry 38 Great Britain GBR
17T Tarundeep Rai 28 India IND
33T Emanuele Guidi 42 San Marino SMR
33T Daniel Piñeda 18 Colombia COL
33T Kamaruddin Haziq 19 Malaysia MAS
33T Jeff Henckels 27 Luxembourg LUX
33T Romain Girouille 24 France FRA
33T Elias Cuesta 27 Spain ESP
33T Elias Malave 22 Venezuela VEN
33T Crispin Duenas 26 Canada CAN
33T Calvin Lee 29 Hong Kong HKG
33T Michele Frangilli 36 Italy ITA
33T Hideki Kikuchi 26 Japan JPN
33T Jayanta Talukdar 26 India IND
33T Camilo Mayr 21 Germany GER
33T Cheng Chu Sian 26 Malaysia MAS
33T Marco Galiazzo 29 Italy ITA
33T Mohammed Milon 19 Bangladesh BAN
33T Axel Müller 20 Switzerland SUI
33T Yavor Khristov 36 Bulgaria BUL
33T Jantsangiin Gantögs 40 Mongolia MGL
33T Daniel Xavier 29 Brazil BRA
33T Mauro Nespoli 24 Italy ITA
33T Liu Zhaowu 23 China CHN
33T Witthaya Thamwong 24 Thailand THA
33T Philippe Kouassi 32 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
33T Klemen Štrajhar 17 Slovenia SLO
33T Milad Vaziri 24 Iran IRI
33T Al Wills 30 Great Britain GBR
33T Mark Javier 30 Philippines PHI
33T Yu Ishizu 25 Japan JPN
33T Jake Kaminski 23 United States USA
33T Juan Carlos Stevens 43 Cuba CUB
33T Rob Elder 31 Fiji FIJ