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Archer off target with vision

Im Dong-hyun may not be as blind as the world media first made him out to be.
Im Dong-hyun may not be as blind as the world media first made him out to be. Getty Images Sport - Paul Gilham

THE headline sounded too good to be true: "Legally Blind Archer Smashes World Record."

Turns out it almost certainly was.

A day after setting the first world records of the 2012 Games, Im Dong-hyun led South Korea to a bronze medal in the team event and somehow managed to leave behind more questions than answers about exactly how impaired his eyesight is.

At one moment, speaking through an interpreter, Im described himself as farsighted and said the colours in the target 70m away appeared "blurry, not bad ... like a drop of paint in the water".

A moment later, he said he didn't need glasses to drive or read, unless he was tired, describing his problem as "old man's eyes".

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