LONDON -- The U.S. men's archery team had high hopes coming into this Olympics. They were ranked No. 1 in the world indoors and had their sights on winning the team gold medal for the first time since the 1996 Games. Elma native Jake Kaminski considered his squad the best in the world.
But evidently, the South Koreans will have something to say about that. The Korean men dominated Friday morning's Ranking Round at Lord's Cricket Round, setting individual and team world records to qualify first by a wide margin for Saturday's team medal-round competition. The U.S. finished fourth.
Im Dong-hyun, who is legally blind, broke his own 72-arrow record by scoring 699. The three-man Korean team set a world record with 2,087 points, making 145 gold hits (the center bullseye) along the way. Kim Bubmin finished a point behind with 698 points, also better than the old world record. Oh Jin Hyek, the third Korean, shot a 690, the third-highest of the ranking round.
American Brady Ellison, ranked No. 1 in the world, rallied from a slow start to finish with 676 points, 10th overall. Jacob Wukie of the U.S. was 13th with 673 points. Kaminski scored 335 in both halves to finish 18th among the men with 670 points.
France finished second with 2,021 points. China had 2,019 points, the same as the U.S. team, but took the third ranking with one more 10 score (the inner bullseye). All four earned a bye into Saturday's quarterfinals, which begin at 3 p.m. at Lord's Cricket Ground. The U.S. meets the winner of the Japan-India prequarterfinal.
The U.S. men are attempting to win team gold for the first time since 1996. They have not medaled since the 2000 Games. The team archery medals will be the first awarded at the London Olympics.