London, England – Top-seeded Im Dong-Hyun got knocked out early, but Oh Jin Hyek came through to deliver South Korea's first men's individual Olympic gold medal in archery.
Oh defeated Japan's Takaharu Furukawa in the final, 7-1. The victory was a decisive one -- he shot seven 10s, compared to only three for Furukawa, and held a 115-108 advantage in total points.
The 30-year-old Oh had a tough path to the final. After defeating Ukrainian Viktor Ruban, the defending gold medalist, in the quarterfinals, he contested a tight semifinal against China's Dai Xiaoxiang. Oh eventually won it in a shoot-off.
Dai beat the Netherlands' Rick van der Ven for the bronze medal.
Van der Ven had knocked out Im in the 1/8 elimination round by a 7-1 margin. The South Korean Im, who is legally blind in his left eye, had broken his own 216-arrow world record in the ranking round.