Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 10/19/14
South Korean archer Im Dong-hyun sees the world through blurred colors and lines but that didn't stop the legally-blind Olympian from breaking a world record in a 72-arrow men's archery event at the 2012 Olympics Friday.

Im— who has 10 percent vision in his left eye and 20 percent in his right— broke his own record he set in Turkey in May by three points with a score of 699 in the opening round hours before the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Games.



The 26-year old Im does not wear glasses while competing saying he relies on distinguishing between the bright colors and shapes of the target— including the grapefruit-sized bulls-eye— while setting up his shot.

Goodbye Robin Hood and hello Katniss Evergreen.  Archery is suddenly in vogue after the success of films like "The Hunger Games" and "Brave" made shooting arrows kind of sexy.

In today's dramatic final round, Italy's Michele Frangilli hit the bulls-eye with his final arrow to give Italy the gold medal in the men's archery team competition.  The U.S. took home its first medal of 2012 with silver while Korea— who had won three straight Olympic Golds in this event— took the bronze.


The exciting finish was akin to a walk-off home run according to archery buffs and Hunger Game fanboys.
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